Drawing from accounts of colonial experience in western Kenya, Population, Tradition, and Environmental Control in Colonial Kenya examines the government's efforts to enforce certain land management programs in relation to its initiatives to revive and co-opt African "traditions" in soil conservation and land consolidation programs. Martin Shanguhyia analyzes how these programs were negotiated or contested by the local community; further, he argues that their legacy continues to define the everyday experiences of the rural population in Vihiga County, Western Province, notably in terms of high population densities and diminishing returns from the land. Relying on a rich collection of archival sources as well as oral interviews, the book explores the intersection between government policies, demography, and community traditions within a rapidly declining natural environment and adds significantly to our understanding of Africa's environmental history. Martin Shanguhyia is assistant professor of history at Syracuse University.
|Publisher:||Boydell & Brewer, Limited|
|Series:||Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series , #68|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)|
Table of ContentsList of IllustrationsPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionAdministrative and Demographic Changes: Implications on Land Relations, 1900-1930Maize and Economic Prosperity, 1920-38Internationalizing Degradation Narratives in Kenya, 1930-38Prewar Soil Conservation Initiatives and Local Responses, 1934-38Wartime Production in a Besieged Environment, 1939-45Postwar Development and the Dilemma of "Reviving" African Traditions, 1945-63Regional Migration and Failed Agricultural Intensification, 1940-66ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex