The Politics of Custom

Chiefship, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa

Author: John L. Comaroff,Jean Comaroff

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022651093X

Category: History

Page: 369

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Poverty Knowledge in South Africa

Author: Grace Davie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521198755

Category: History

Page: 341

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Poverty is South Africa's greatest challenge. But what is 'poverty'? How can it be measured? And how can it be reduced if not eliminated? In South Africa, human science knowledge about the cost of living grew out of colonialism, industrialization, apartheid and civil resistance campaigns, which makes this knowledge far from neutral or apolitical. South Africans have used the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), Gini coefficients and other poverty thresholds to petition the state, to chip away at the pillars of white supremacy, and, more recently, to criticize the postapartheid government's failures to deliver on some of its promises. Rather than promoting one particular policy solution, this book argues that poverty knowledge teaches us about the dynamics of historical change, the power of racism in white settler societies, and the role of grassroots protest movements in shaping state policies and scientific categories. Readers will gain new perspectives on today's debates about social welfare, redistribution and human rights, and will ultimately find reasons to rethink conventional approaches to advocacy.

Cartography and the Political Imagination

Mapping Community in Colonial Kenya

Author: Julie MacArthur

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821445561

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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After four decades of British rule in colonial Kenya, a previously unknown ethnic name — “Luyia” — appeared on the official census in 1948. The emergence of the Luyia represents a clear case of ethnic “invention.” At the same time, current restrictive theories privileging ethnic homogeneity fail to explain this defiantly diverse ethnic project, which now comprises the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya. In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social history, geography, and political science, Julie MacArthur unpacks Luyia origins. In so doing, she calls for a shift to understanding geographic imagination and mapping not only as means of enforcing imperial power and constraining colonized populations, but as tools for articulating new political communities and dissent. Through cartography, Luyia ethnic patriots crafted an identity for themselves characterized by plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging. While other historians have focused on the official maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the ways African communities adopted and adapted mapping strategies to their own ongoing creative projects. This book marks an important reassessment of current theories of ethnogenesis, investigates the geographic imaginations of African communities, and challenges contemporary readings of community and conflict in Africa.

Health, State, and Society in Kenya

Author: George O. Ndege

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 9781580460996

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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An examination of the conflicts and compromises between Western biomedicine and African traditional therapies in colonial Kenya.

The Luo Culture

A Reconstruction of the Material Culture Patterns of a Traditional African Society

Author: Andrev B. C. Ocholla-Ayayo

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 157

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Coming to Birth

Author: Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 9781558617070

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 1976


In this quietly powerful and eminently readable novel, winner of the prestigious Sinclair Prize, Kenyan writer Marjorie Macgoye deftly interweaves the story of one young woman’s tumultuous coming of age with the history of a nation emerging from colonialism. At the age of sixteen, Paulina leaves her small village in western Kenya to join her new husband, Martin, in the bustling city of Nairobi. It is 1956, and Kenya is in the final days of the "Emergency," as the British seek to suppress violent anti-colonial revolts. But Paulina knows little about, about city life, or about marriage, and Martin’s clumsy attempts to control her soon lead to a relationship filled with silences, misunderstandings, and unfulfilled expectations. Soon Paulina’s inability to bear a child effectively banishes her from the confines of traditional women’s roles. As her country at last moves toward independence, Paulina manages to achieve a kind of independence as well: She accepts a job that will require her to live separately from her husband, and she has an affair that leads to the birth of her first child. But Paulina’s hard-won contentment will be shattered when Kenya’s turbulent history intrudes into her private life, bringing with it tragedy—and a new test of her quiet courage and determination. Paulina’s patient struggles for survival and identity are revealed through Marjorie Macgoye’s keen and sensitive vision—a vision which extends to embrace the whole of a nation and a people likewise struggling to find their way. As the Weekly Standard of Kenya notes, "Coming to Birth is a radical novel in firmly asserting our common humanity."

The challenges of history and leadership in Africa

the essays of Bethwell Allan Ogot

Author: Bethwell A. Ogot,Toyin Falola,E. S. Atieno Odhiambo

Publisher: Africa World Pr


Category: History

Page: 684

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Spanning four decades of active scholarship by Professor Bethwell Allan Ogot, these essays reflect the range of his concerns, from the methodology of African history with his own emphasis on oral traditions, to the need to debunk the myth of the role of the outsider as the genius behind African achievements. They also examine the need for interdisciplinary scholarship in the reconstruction of the African past, his engagement with his own people, the Kenyans, and his concerns and reflections on the pitfalls of African independence.

African Words, African Voices

Critical Practices in Oral History

Author: Luise White,Stephan F. Miescher,Stephan Miescher,David William Cohen

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253214683

Category: History

Page: 322

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African Words, African Voices considers African history as an art incorporating the experience and testimony of ordinary Africans. It is a provoative volume that evokes the richness and relevance of oral sources for understanding a complex past.