By Julie MacArthur
After 4 many years of British rule in colonial Kenya, a formerly unknown ethnic name?—?“Luyia”?—?appeared at the professional 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 varied ethnic undertaking, which now includes the second-largest ethnic crew in Kenya.
In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social background, geography, and political technology, 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 implementing 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 all in favour of the reputable maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the methods African groups followed and tailored mapping innovations to their very own ongoing artistic tasks. This publication marks a tremendous 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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Cartography and the Political Imagination: Mapping Community in Colonial Kenya (New African Histories) by Julie MacArthur