Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya, 1880-1952 A. Fiona D. MacKenzie

ISBN: 9780325000244

Published: March 31st 1998

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286 pages


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Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya, 1880-1952  by  A. Fiona D. MacKenzie

Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya, 1880-1952 by A. Fiona D. MacKenzie
March 31st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 286 pages | ISBN: 9780325000244 | 8.15 Mb

This book examines the gender and class dimensions of resistance to colonial rule in the context of struggles over the control and use of land in Muranga (then Fort Hall) District in Kenya between 1880-1952. The objective is, first, to expose theMoreThis book examines the gender and class dimensions of resistance to colonial rule in the context of struggles over the control and use of land in Muranga (then Fort Hall) District in Kenya between 1880-1952.

The objective is, first, to expose the process through which colonial rule was effected through the creation of discourses of betterment and environmentalism. The author demonstrates how, by this means, the state attempted to remove the deeply political issue of land distribution between African and European from the realm of politics, and recast it in what was claimed to be the neutral language of legal regimes and of Western science and technology.

The second objective is to recover the gender and class dimensions of counternarratives which challenged the colonial administration. Drawing on the stories of elderly people still living in Muranga in the mid 1980s, in order to challenge the discourse of colonial documents, the author shows how both public and everyday forms of resistance were an integral part of the politics of resistance to colonial life.



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