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ethnographic studies in subjectivity Tanya Luhrmann and Steven Parish, Editors 1. Forget Colonialism? Sacrifice and the Art of Memory in Madagascar, by Jennifer Cole 2. Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists, by Robert Desjarlais 3. Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community, by Kathryn Linn Geurts 4. Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society, by Joel Robbins 5. Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in a Mexican Convent, by Rebecca J. Lester 6. The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan, by Amy Borovoy 7. Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations, edited by João Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman 8. Postcolonial Disorders, edited by Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron J. Good 9. Under a Watchful Eye: Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia, by Harry Walker 10. Unsettled: Denial and Belonging among White Kenyans, by Janet McIntosh This page intentionally left blank Unsettled EASTERN RIFT VALLEY NORTH EASTERN COAST NAIROBI NYANZA WESTERN Soysambu Ranch Lake Victoria Aberdare Mountain Range I N D I A N O C E A N S a b a k i R i v e r Laikipia District Kisumu Nakuru Mombasa Nairobi Thika CENTRAL Tsavo West National Park Tsavo East National Park Mount Kenya Karen Malindi Watamu Mambrui Nanyuki Naivasha Rongai Gilgil Rumuruti Takaungu Kijabe Kilifi HIGHLANDS OF KENYA U G A N D A T A N Z A N I A E T H I O P I A S U D A N S O M A L I A Lake Elmenteita N 0 0 100 150 km 50 50 100 mi Machakos Mt. Kilimanjaro Kenya and its neighbors. This map shows places mentioned in the text. Unsettled Denial and Belonging among White Kenyans Janet McIntosh UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from individuals and institutions. For more information, visit University of California Press Oakland, California© 2016 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: McIntosh, Janet, 1969– author. Title: Unsettled : denial and belonging among white Kenyans / Janet McIntosh. Other titles: Ethnographic studies in subjectivity ; 10. Description: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] | “2016 | Series: Ethnographic studies in subjectivity ; 10 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: lccn 2015043971 | isbn 9780520290495 (cloth : alk. paper) | isbn 9780520290518 (pbk. : alk. paper) | isbn 9780520964631 (ebook) Subjects: lcsh: Whites—Kenya—History. | Kenya— History—1963– | Kenya—Social conditions—1963– Classification: lcc dt433.545.B74 M35 2016 | ddc 305.809/06762—dc23 lc record available at Manufactured in the United States of America 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In keeping with a commitment to support environmentally responsible and sustainable printing practices, UC Press has printed this book on Natures Natural, a fiber that contains 30% post-consumer waste and meets the minimum requirements of ansi/niso z39.48-1992 (r 1997) (Permanence of Paper). For Tobias and Theo, with love beyond words This page intentionally left blank ...


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