This book explores the journey that Kenya has travelled as a nation since its independence on December 12, 1963. It seeks to advance understanding of the country's major milestones in the postcolonial period, the challenges and the lessons that can be learned from this experience, and the future prospects.
About the Author
Michael Mwenda Kithinji is an Assistant Professor of History and the interim director of the African and African-American Studies program at the University of Central Arkansas, USA. He is a recipient of the Ohio Academy of History 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Mickie Mwanzia Koster is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas, USA. She is the recipient of the 2015 Junior Scholar Excellence Award in African Studies. She is the author of The Power of the Oath: Mau Mau Nationalism in Kenya, 1952-1960 and the co-editor of Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati.
Jerono P. Rotich is a Professor at North Carolina A&T State University, USA. Her scholarship record includes, one co-edited book, peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings. Her awards include; UNCG Board of Governors Teaching Excellence; NCAT Community Engagement scholarship and; National Phi Epsilon Kappa Society, Distinguished Advisor Award.
Table of Contents
Section 1 – Contesting History and Memories
Chapter 1: The Demise and Rise of Majimbo in Independent Kenya - Robert M. Maxon
Chapter 2: Recasting Kenyan History: Mau Mau Reparations, Narration, and Memory- Mickie Mwanzia Koster
Chapter 3: Rethinking the “Shifta War” Fifty Years after Independence: Myth, Memory, and Marginalization - Keren Weitzberg
Chapter 4: Rendilelane: Spatial Views from the Periphery of Kenya- Hilah Segal- Klein
Chapter 5: Politics and the Lack of Labor Militancy in Kenya: Trade Unionism After Independence - Eric E. Otenyo
Section 2: Reassessing Policies and Politics
Chapter 6: The Strategic Art of Appeasing Old Lovers while Courting New Friends: Kenya’s Foreign Relations in Retrospect- Mumo Nzau
Chapter 7: Kenya At Fifty and the Betrayal of Nationalism: The Paradoxes of Two Family Dynasties –Wanjala S. Nasongo
Chapter 8: Elusive Justice: The Maasai Contestation of Land Appropriation in Kenya: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective - Ben Ole Koissaba
Chapter 9: Kenya at Fifty: State Policies Reforms, Politics and Law, 1963-2013 - Wycliffe Nyachoti Otiso and Ruth Joyce Kaguta
Chapter 10: Continuity and Change in Kenya’s Defense and Foreign Policy: The Impact of the New Security Dilemma- Oscar Gakuo Mwangi
What People are Saying About This
“The themes covered in the two volumes are critical in igniting a wider conversation and debate on the issues that have plagued postcolonial Kenya especially mediocre leadership, mismanagement of national resources, and corruption.”
Mary Njeri Kinyanjui PhD. Senior Research Fellow Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
“[These volumes] perhaps the most well documented evidence that Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) has created a market place away from home where ideas regarding international research and development are exchanged.”
Faith Maina, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University, USA and KESSA regional representative, Southwest USA
“By drawing on the expertise of a wide multidisciplinary team of contributors, the two volumes present us with a deeply informative examination of the country’s history and memories, policies and politics, education, technology, and road safety policy, as well as contextualizing its sports and gender scene in the early twenty-first century.”
-Kefa M. Otiso, President, Kenya Scholars and Studies Association, USA