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Culture, Performance and Identity. Paths of Communication in Kenya

Paths of Communication in Kenya

Kimani Njogu

Publication Year: 2009

This book brings together essays which cover a number of key areas: Gender, Disability, Media, Sports, Literature, Religion, Land and Youth, Music. Through an examination of the situation in Kenya, the essays opens new ways of understanding forms of local

Published by: African Books Collective

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pp. v

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pp. vii

This book, the second in our series on Art, Culture and Society, brings together important essays on how identity is shaped and performed in Kenya. The ongoing reflections on the relationship between art, culture and society are part...

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pp. ix-xviii

For many years, I have undertaken substantial work in exploring the growth of a ‘Kenyan’ identity through Kiswahili, our national language. In books, media events and teaching, I have taken the view that it is possible to nurture a national...

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1. Culture, Gender Inequality and Women’s Rights in the Great Lakes

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pp. 1-39

The Great Lakes region of Africa has numerous opportunities and challenges. It has huge mineral deposits, large forests, big rivers and a rich culture. However, it is also replete with numerous problems which include ethnic tensions...

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2. Disability Rhetorics and Identity in Kenya

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pp. 40-56

The second quote above is taken from an informant’s response. I had asked, in the course of casual conversation, what his views on disability in popular culture were. His response became the basis upon which I began to think about a number...

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3. ‘Lemme do m’ thing’: Objective Possibilities for Social Meaning and Re-visioning Youth Identity through Pop-Music

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pp. 57-74

The growth of Kenyan hip-hop within the popular music scene in Kenya has been one of the most significant cultural development of the recent times. A particular form of hip-hop known as genge, characterized by danceable rhythm...

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4. Sheng as a youth identity marker: Reality or Misconception?

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pp. 75-92

This chapter explores the extent to which Sheng can be considered a youth identity marker in Kenya. For a while now, an impression has existed that Sheng is strictly a code used for and by the youth (Osinde, 1986; Spyropolous...

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5. Me, My KENYA and I

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pp. 93-102

It is true that you know that you are growing old when all your conversations start with “…remember those days…” or, “The children of today…” Every day you sound more and more like your mother which is, without a doubt...

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6. Performing Identity in Kiswahili Literature

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pp. 103-117

This chapter intends to examine Kiswahili Literature within the broad rubric of identity politics. In the scholarly publications of Al-Amin Mazrui and Ibrahim Shariff Noor (1993) and Ali Mazrui and Al-Amin Mazrui (1995), there is an...

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7. Culture, Religion and Identity

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pp. 118-130

Shorter (1998: 23) has indicated that there are 164 definitions of culture. The variations in these definitions are not that distinct. They all focus on culture as being a people’s way of life, in its entirety. To highlight on what compromises...

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8. Circulation of media texts and identity (de) constructions in the post-colony

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pp. 131-144

A meaningful discourse on identity formation and construction in post-colonial society, particularly catalysed by the agency of popular cultural productions circulated by media texts from Europe and America, must not only recognise...

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9. Sing me a Life: Music as a people’s identity

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pp. 145-157

Music is a composite entity comprising verbal and non-verbal sound expressions. In various cultural contexts, it is a multi-media event that involves the use of cultural actions, expressions and artefacts, all symbols that are produced...


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pp. 158

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E-ISBN-13: 9789966028037
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966724410

Page Count: 218
Publication Year: 2009