Communal Identity Transformation in Soqotra: From Status Hierarchy to Ethnic Ranking

  title={Communal Identity Transformation in Soqotra: From Status Hierarchy to Ethnic Ranking},
  author={Serge D. Elie},
  journal={Northeast African Studies},
  pages={23 - 66}
  • Serge D. Elie
  • Published 18 March 2017
  • Sociology
  • Northeast African Studies
ABSTRACT:This article examines the transformation of communal identities and social hierarchies on Soqotra Island. This is done through a “structural anatomy” of Soqotra’s changing social organization and a “lexical genealogy” of the collective identities ascribed to, or assumed by, Soqotrans in response to the polity formation strategies of a succession of British and Yemeni political regimes from the late nineteenth century until the present. Following a brief historical and theoretical… 
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