The Contribution of Stereotypes on Inter Clan Conflicts among the Kuria Ethnic Group in Tanzania

Gissa Andrew Mahende


This study aimed at exploring stereotypical traits among the Kuria ethnic group and how they contribute to inter clan conflicts among the clans of the Kuria ethnic group. The data to inform the study were collected from 235 respondents (Mean Age =36, SD =13) randomly and purposively selected from members of the selected clans and government officials using checklist, interview and focus group discussion. The findings indicated that all three target clans were described by both positive and negative traits though varied in degrees of percentages suggesting that these clan groups had similar characteristics. The findings also indicated that inter clan hostility, cruelty, and aggression were the major stereotypical traits contributing to inter clan conflicts. Further more the findings revealed that each clan had its own slogan that indicated its superiority over other clans and that were praised by clan members. This kind of thinking contributed immensely to frequent inters clan conflicts. The study concluded that Kuria clan members should rethink about the social, political and economic impacts of inter clan conflicts as these conflicts have tarnished their image to other Tanzanian.

Key Words: Kuria Clans, Stereotypes, Conflicts.

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