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By Julie MacArthur

ISBN-10: 082142209X

ISBN-13: 9780821422090

ISBN-10: 0821422103

ISBN-13: 9780821422106

After 4 a long time of British rule in colonial Kenya, a formerly unknown ethnic name?—?“Luyia”?—?appeared at the legit census in 1948. The emergence of the Luyia represents a transparent case of ethnic “invention.” even as, present restrictive theories privileging ethnic homogeneity fail to provide an explanation for this defiantly diversified ethnic undertaking, which now includes the second-largest ethnic workforce in Kenya.

In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social background, geography, and political technological know-how, Julie MacArthur unpacks Luyia origins. In so doing, she demands a shift to realizing geographic mind's eye and mapping not just as technique of imposing imperial energy and constraining colonized populations, yet as instruments for articulating new political groups and dissent. via cartography, Luyia ethnic patriots crafted an id for themselves characterised by way of plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging.

While different historians have all for the reputable maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the methods African groups followed and tailored mapping recommendations to their very own ongoing artistic tasks. This ebook marks an enormous reassessment of present theories of ethnogenesis, investigates the geographic imaginations of African groups, and demanding situations modern readings of group and clash in Africa.

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