Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Preface

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pp. v-vi

This book is divided into four sections, each dealing with a particular theme. The first section tackles issues that are found in the realm of ideas. These relate to the perpetual struggle between the forces of control and the forces of mental and intellectual liberation. Africa and Kenya in particular, finds itself constantly...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

The chapters in this book are an outcome of continuous research and presentations on different issues. In discussing such issues, I have over the years been provoked, sometimes unwittingly and at other times deliberately, by many people to respond to given phenomena. These include colleagues in different universities in and...

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Section One: Contextualising History

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1. Thoughts on History as the Cement of Society

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pp. 1-12

Kenya has gone through momentous changes that challenge the ordinary person as well as the intellectuals in society. It is particularly challenging history, the one discipline which gave birth to all the others and also the one that attracts a lot of amateurs. It is the one discipline that many people can relate to and at the same...

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2. Hazards of Post-modern Colonialism in Kenya

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pp. 13-36

Colonialism in Africa has manifested itself in three stages—each with a different emphasis. The first stage, classical colonialism, emphasized direct European rule of African territories and peoples for the benefit of the Europeans. The second stage, neo-colonialism, recognized African states and leaders as vital linkages to the...

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3. Africans and their Interpreters in International Relations

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pp. 37-56

Three episodes or group of episodes spanning more than 60 years help to explain the concept of the interpreters with regard to Africa. The first was in 1938, when an African political activist then living in London and named Jomo Kenyatta published an anti-colonialist book titled Facing Mount Kenya. He had been sent to...

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4. Africans and Intellectual Adventurism: East Africa’s Intellectual Warriors

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pp. 57-76

For roughly two centuries, the African’s place in intellectual discourse has been relegated to the periphery, indeed, where it is perceived to exist; it is portrayed as if it is an anomaly, as if it is an exercise in intellectual exoticism. It is at times depicted as an unwelcome intrusion, occasionally to be tolerated by the gatekeepers because it...

Section Two: Socio-economic and Political Setting

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5. The Creation of Poverty

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pp. 79-88

Poverty is created, it is not natural, it is also relative rather than absolute. It has different levels and dimensions which end up being comparative. It brings in the notion of wealth as the possession of a certain level of material and spiritual as well as cultural commodities. The purpose of those commodities is to provide service...

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6. The Colonial Origins of Central Kenya Bashing

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pp. 89-112

Probably one of the most politically popular activities in the last twenty years in Kenya is, bashing the people of Central Kenya or Mount Kenya. Participants include politicians, media, and academics in Kenya and abroad. It has became the norm for a variety of people to attract media attention simply by lashing at the...

Section Three: Post-colonial Kenya

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7. A Political Overview of Post-colonial Kenya, 1963-2002

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pp. 115-140

Political development in independent Kenya has gone through a pattern of sociopolitical fluctuations that can be classified into six parts. First, is the euphoria of the 1960s, associated with independence and general public faith in Jomo Kenyatta as leader. Second, are the disappointments brought about by the Kenyatta regimes’s...

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8. The Print Media and Political Change in Kenya, 1958-1998

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pp. 141-168

The euphoria of uhuru can be traced to the success of the Mau Mau War’s, in forcing the colonial state to make political concessions to supposedly moderate Africans, who would be forever grateful to the government, and act as a buffer zone between African political demands, and colonial authorities. An election had...

Section Four: Topical Issues of Concern

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9. The Role of the Media in Fighting Corruption: The Best Practices

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pp. 171-182

In thinking about the role of the media in fighting corruption, it is appropriate to ask what role the media has played and what should be its role. For instance, one can question the effect of the media and what dimensions they can take in order to be more effective than they presumably are, the preliminary response is that the...

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10. Expectations and Disappointments in Africa-US Relations

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pp. 183-198

Africa and the United States have had a long relationship that has fluctuated from hostility to mutual amusements, high expectations and deep disappointments. That relationship can be presented in three broad segments. First, is the preindependence period in Africa that ended in the early 1960s. Second, is the cold...

Suggested Bibliography

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pp. 199-206

Index

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pp. 207-214