Modern Kenya: Social Issues and Perspectives

Modern Kenya: Social Issues and Perspectives

by Mary Ann Watson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761816348

ISBN-13: 9780761816348

Pub. Date: 03/22/2000

Publisher: University Press of America

Modern Kenya is a fascinating volume of essays that provides a unique perspective on some of the current issues facing this African nation. Written by Colorado professors and teachers who completed a Fulbright study program in Kenya, the fifteen essays in this volume are organized around three themes that reflect present-day concerns and challenges facing this…  See more details below

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Modern Kenya is a fascinating volume of essays that provides a unique perspective on some of the current issues facing this African nation. Written by Colorado professors and teachers who completed a Fulbright study program in Kenya, the fifteen essays in this volume are organized around three themes that reflect present-day concerns and challenges facing this African nation. These include issues related to politics, economics, and the environment; issues related to literature, drama, and art; and issues related to daily living. Each chapter begins with a quote from the participants concerning their experience, adding personal insight to otherwise very academic material. The chapters also include a literature review as well as a comprehensive look at a particular issue as it is reflected amongst Kenya's diverse cultural groups. Where appropriate, the chapters include case studies, maps, tables, and photographs to further illustrate the major ideas presented. Discussion questions, activities, additional resources, references, and indexes complete this volume. Interdisciplinary in its approach, this book will serve as an important resource in many academic subject areas, including African studies, comparative politics, sociology, and anthropology.

Author Biography: Mary Ann Watson is Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761816348
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
03/22/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Contents
List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Social Issues as Reflected in Politics, Economics, and the Environment
Ch. 1Political Developments During the 1990s1
Ch. 2Kenyan Justice and Due Process23
Ch. 3A Woman's Place is in the House - The House of Parliament: The Political and Economic Empowerment of Women in Kenya47
Ch. 4The Environment: What is Kenya Doing?75
Ch. 5Wildlife Conservation in Kenya89
Social Issues as Reflected in Drama, Art, and Literature
Ch. 6The Body Beautiful: Personal Adornment, Piercing, and Beautification Scarring119
Ch. 7Cultural Renaissance through the Performing Arts in Kenya149
Ch. 8Literary Nationalism and its Intersections with Gender, Class, and Ethnicity163
Ch. 9Poppa, I Don't Want to Get Married; I Want to Go to School!197
Social Issues as Reflected in Daily Living
Ch. 10Challenges of Education: Looking Toward the Future209
Ch. 11Emulating the West? Assimilating Western Popular Culture221
Ch. 12Rites of Passage: Birthing, Naming, Coming of Age, Marriage, Elderhood, Widowhood, Death245
Ch. 13Racial and Ethnic Antagonism in Kenya275
Ch. 14The Desperate Life of Kenya's Street Children303
Ch. 15How Much is That? Haggling in the Kenyan Marketplace331
Final Group Journal Entry345
Maps 1-6347
Glossary of Terms353
Resource Bibliography359
Index365
About the Kenyan Consultant/About the Editor375
About the Contributors377

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