Indigenousness in Africa

A Contested Legal Framework for Empowerment of 'Marginalized' Communities

  • Felix Mukwiza¬†Ndahinda

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Indigenous Claims in Africa Under Global Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda
      Pages 1-13
    3. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda
      Pages 17-54
    4. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda
      Pages 55-116
  3. International and Regional Legal Position of Claimant African Indigenous Peoples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-118
  4. Indigenousness in Africa Under Selected Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-214
    2. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda
      Pages 215-255
    3. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda
      Pages 257-298
  5. Empowerment of Marginalized Ethno-Cultural Identities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 361-393

About this book


Following the internationalisation of the indigenous rights movement, a growing number of African hunter-gatherers, pastoralists and other communities have adopted indigenousness in claiming special legal protection. Their legal claims as the indigenous peoples of Africa are backed by many international actors such as indigenous rights activists, donors and scholars. However, indigenous identification is resisted by many African governments, some community members and some anthropologists. Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda explores the sources of indigenous identification in Africa and its legal and political implications. Noting the limitations of systematic and discursive, as opposed to activist, studies, it questions the appropriateness of this framework in efforts aimed at empowering claimant communities in inherently multiethnic African countries and adopts an interdisciplinary approach in order to capture the indigenous rights phenomenon in Africa.


Africa Indigeousness identification Minorities Human Rights Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Felix Mukwiza¬†Ndahinda
    • 1
  1. 1., International Victimology Institute TilbTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands

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