Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya

Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya

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This book charts the story of the social and environmental challenges met in Kenya over a period of 70 years. Using rich case material and first hand ethnographic material, it explores the social, cultural and historical aspects of colonialism in Kenya. In particular it recognises the leading role played by women in resisting the chiefs and the colonial administration. Addressing the debates of central and eastern Africa and the central struggle for land in Kenya between settler and African, this book highlights the uses of 'betterment' and 'environmentalism' as a weapon by settlers to legitimise their occupation of the land. Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya 1880-1952 was the winner of the 1997-8 Joel Gregory Prize for the best book on Africa written by a Canadian or Canadian resident.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25mm | 1,200g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1 map
  • 0748610200
  • 9780748610204

Table of contents

Agrarian structure and resource control - the Ng'undu system circa 1880; discourse, custom and land, 1889-1934; the construction of colonial agricultural knowledge, Kenya 1912-1952; betterment I - agricultural production, Murang's district 1905-1952; betterment II - the campaign to save soil, Murang's district 1930-1932; land, labour and environment.show more

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This book is rewarding on a number of levels ... the rich local texture is described without ever losing sight of the broader issues ... the story it tells not only has resonances in many other colonial and neo-colonial situations (contemporary debates about land, resources and conservation in Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe and South Africa spring immediately to mind) but could be suggestive for those working on environmental and agricultural themes back in Europe. This book is rewarding on a number of levels ... the rich local texture is described without ever losing sight of the broader issues ... the story it tells not only has resonances in many other colonial and neo-colonial situations (contemporary debates about land, resources and conservation in Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe and South Africa spring immediately to mind) but could be suggestive for those working on environmental and agricultural themes back in Europe.show more

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