Title

The Paradox of Historical Illusions of Tribe and the Durability of Ethnic Myths in Eastern Africa

Date of Award

1980

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Social Sciences

Advisor(s)

Robert G. Gregory

Keywords

Ethnic violence, Tension, Ethnic identity, Ethnonyms

Subject Categories

Sociology

Abstract

Ideas of ethnic purity or superiority among the peoples of eastern Africa, or among those who study them, are illusions; yet these durable myths have been a fundamental force in precolonial, colonial and recently independent societies.

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