The Names of the Python: Belonging in East Africa, 900 to 1930

by David Schoenbrun

David Schoenbrun BA ’80 examines group work—the imaginative labor that people do to constitute themselves as communities—in an iconic and influential region in East Africa. His study traces the roots of nationhood in the Ganda state over the course of a millennium, demonstrating that the earliest clans were based not on political identity or language but on shared investments, knowledges, and practices. University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. 376 pages.