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Cartography and the Political Imagination: Mapping Community by Julie MacArthur

By Julie MacArthur

After 4 a long time of British rule in colonial Kenya, a formerly unknown ethnic name?—?“Luyia”?—?appeared at the reliable 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 give an explanation for this defiantly different ethnic venture, which now contains 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 imposing imperial strength 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 via plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging.

While different historians have serious about the reliable maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the methods African groups followed and tailored mapping recommendations to their very own ongoing inventive tasks. This ebook marks a major 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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