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Trouble in Paradise : a study on the identity and recognition of indigenous peoples in Kenya

Bergström, Sofia LU (2010) MRSM01 20101
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
Based on a Minor Field Study conducted in Kenya 2009, this thesis discusses the relationship between identity and recognition regarding indigenous peoples, focusing on the Endorois community located in the Rift Valley province in Kenya. Viewed from a social and legal perspective, elements of the Endorois community’s identity and their relationship to the Kenyan state and society are analyzed. The results suggest a strong link between the social and legal recognition of indigenous peoples and the preservation of their identity. Assimilative policies, conceptual misuses, ignorance on indigenous issues, negative stereotypes, and marginalization are some of the consequences of the lack of recognition that the Endorois as well as other Kenyan... (More)
Based on a Minor Field Study conducted in Kenya 2009, this thesis discusses the relationship between identity and recognition regarding indigenous peoples, focusing on the Endorois community located in the Rift Valley province in Kenya. Viewed from a social and legal perspective, elements of the Endorois community’s identity and their relationship to the Kenyan state and society are analyzed. The results suggest a strong link between the social and legal recognition of indigenous peoples and the preservation of their identity. Assimilative policies, conceptual misuses, ignorance on indigenous issues, negative stereotypes, and marginalization are some of the consequences of the lack of recognition that the Endorois as well as other Kenyan indigenous communities have faced. However, a legal case in the African Commission filed by the Endorois community against the Kenyan state was outlined as an opportunity for indigenous peoples in Kenya to improve their situation, and to increase the social and legal recognition of their identity. (Less)
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author
Bergström, Sofia LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSM01 20101
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Culture, Recognition, Identity, Kenya, Indigenous, Ethnicity
language
English
id
1653592
date added to LUP
2011-02-22 16:32:00
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@misc{1653592,
  abstract     = {Based on a Minor Field Study conducted in Kenya 2009, this thesis discusses the relationship between identity and recognition regarding indigenous peoples, focusing on the Endorois community located in the Rift Valley province in Kenya. Viewed from a social and legal perspective, elements of the Endorois community’s identity and their relationship to the Kenyan state and society are analyzed. The results suggest a strong link between the social and legal recognition of indigenous peoples and the preservation of their identity. Assimilative policies, conceptual misuses, ignorance on indigenous issues, negative stereotypes, and marginalization are some of the consequences of the lack of recognition that the Endorois as well as other Kenyan indigenous communities have faced. However, a legal case in the African Commission filed by the Endorois community against the Kenyan state was outlined as an opportunity for indigenous peoples in Kenya to improve their situation, and to increase the social and legal recognition of their identity.},
  author       = {Bergström, Sofia},
  keyword      = {Culture,Recognition,Identity,Kenya,Indigenous,Ethnicity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Trouble in Paradise : a study on the identity and recognition of indigenous peoples in Kenya},
  year         = {2010},
}