- Japan Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies
- Nilo-Ethiopian Studies (ISSN:1340329X)
- vol.2001, no.7, pp.81-99, 2001 (Released:2006-12-22)
This study concerns social change in the Gabra, a peripheral pastoralist group in Kenya, brought about by the 1997 general election. Supporters of an unsuccessful candidate in the nomination process tried to unite the Algana, one of the phratries of the Gabra, against the elected person, who belonged to another phratry, in the election. This paper analyzes the supporters' attempts to mobilize people and unite the phratry, paying attention to their discourse and behavior. By participating in the election, Gabra society greatly changed. This paper also examines social change from two different points: in methods of tiiaiiipulatirig others and the nature of the boundary of the phratry, which suggested the transition of Gabra society from ethnie to modern political-ethnic unit.