By Julie MacArthur
After 4 many years of British rule in colonial Kenya, a formerly unknown ethnic name?—?“Luyia”?—?appeared at the legitimate census in 1948. The emergence of the Luyia represents a transparent case of ethnic “invention.” whilst, present restrictive theories privileging ethnic homogeneity fail to give an explanation for this defiantly diversified ethnic undertaking, which now contains the second-largest ethnic team in Kenya.
In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social heritage, geography, and political technological know-how, Julie MacArthur unpacks Luyia origins. In so doing, she demands a shift to figuring out 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 means of plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging.
While different historians have taken with the legit maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the methods African groups followed and tailored mapping options to their very own ongoing inventive initiatives. This ebook marks an enormous reassessment of present theories of ethnogenesis, investigates the geographic imaginations of African groups, and demanding situations modern readings of neighborhood and clash in Africa.
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Cartography and the Political Imagination: Mapping Community in Colonial Kenya (New African Histories) by Julie MacArthur