Postcolonial Fantasy and Africa- Against the Word “Tribe”

This is the first post I’ve ever reblogged, but I think it’s sufficiently interesting .

Phenderson Djèlí Clark

South-Africa-Tribes-–-South-African-Culture“The idea of tribes was brought to Africa for several reasons…. It was easier to place people into categories based on perceived divisions of ethnicity than it was to try to understand the multi-layered, fluid identities that prevailed…. colonial authorities found that placing people into “tribes” with “chiefs” was an effective way of creating a political order.”–John Reader

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