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Uncertain Age : The Politics of Manhood in Kenya (Paperback) (Paul Ocobock)

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The author draws on interviews with 80 men in Kenya who came of age under colonial rule, as well as archival materials and quantitative analysis of court cases, to relate the coming-of-age stories of those who grew up in the country from the beginning of British colonial rule in the 1890s to the end of Jomo Kenyatta’s presidency in the late 1970s, as well as the British colonial state’s own coming of age and its role in age relations and making mature men through control and authority. Arguing that age and gender are inseparable units of historical analysis, he also addresses the concept of youth and how it arose from the racial and economic inequalities of settler colonialism, the integration of emergent Western ideas about age with those in East Africa, and the efforts of a state struggling for authority. He considers the roles of age and masculinity in migrant labor and town life, crime and punishment, the Mau Mau war and British counter-insurgency, and decolonization and nationalism. He discusses how British provincial administrators and chiefs changed male initiation practices, and the effects on their coming of age; the experiences of young men from Western Kenya who left home and traveled the colony for work, as well as those living and working on the streets of Nairobi; the state’s efforts to define and punish crimes by male offenders; and how young men demanded action from Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 356
Genre: History, Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: New African Histories
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
Author: Paul Ocobock
Language: English
Street Date: March 17, 2017
TCIN: 51765826
UPC: 9780821422649
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-6565
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