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Culture, Performance and Identity. Paths of Communication in Kenya


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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



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Culture, Performance & Identity
Paths of Communication in Kenya
Edited by Kimani Njogu
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Copyright © Twaweza Communications, 2008
Published in 2008 by
Twaweza Communications Ltd., P.O. Box 66872 - 00800 Westlands, Twaweza House, Parklands Road, Mpesi Lane, Nairobi Kenya email: info@twaweza.org website: www.twaweza.org Tel: +(254)020 3752009 Fax: +(254)020 3753941
Design and Layout by Catherine Bosire Cover design by Patrick Thirimu
With the support of The Ford Foundation, Office of Eastern Africa
Printed in Nairobi, Kenya
This book is dedicated to the women and children burnt to death at the Kenya Assemblies of God Church, Kiambaa, near Eldoret Town on January 1, 2008 in post-election violence in Kenya.
Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
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Culture, Gender Inequality and Women Rights in the Great Lakes ----------------------------------- 1 Kimani Njogu & Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui
Disability Rhetorics and Identity in Kenya ---------- 40 Mbugua Wa-Mungai
Lemme do m’thing: Objective Possibilities for Social Meaning and Re-visioning Youth Identity through Pop Music ----------------------------- 57 Michael Wainaina
Sheng as a Youth Identity Marker: Reality or Misconception --------------------------------- 75 Nathan Oyori Ogechi
Me, My KENYA and I --------------------------------------- 94 Charles A. Matathia
Performing Identity in Kiswahili Literature ------- 105 Richard Makhanu Wafula
Culture,Religion and Identity -------------------------- 120 Mary N. Getui
Circulation of Media Texts and Identity (de)constructions in the Post colony ------------------ 133 Christopher Odhiambo Joseph
Sing Me Life: Music as a People’s Identity ----------- 147 Emily Achieng’ Akuno
List of Contributors ---------------------------------------------------------------- 160
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This book, the second in our series onArt, 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 of Twaweza Communications Linkages Program. The Program brings together academicians and practitioners to discuss contemporary issues related to arts, culture and media. We are immensely grateful to Dr. Tade Aina, Representative of the Ford Foundation Office of Eastern Africa, Dr. Joyce Nyairo, Program Officer in charge of Media, Arts and Culture and all the Ford Foundation staff for making our work possible. We are also indebted to the participants of the Linkages Workshops from academia and civil society for providing valuable input in our deliberations on the direction of the arts in the region. The sharing of knowledge across intellectual divides will enrich academic work and benefit art and media practitioners in Kenya.
This work has also benefited from Judie Rabar of the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA) who provided important editorial assistance and the Editorial Board of theJahazi Journal: Bantu Mwaura, Kwamchetsi Makokha, Garnette Olunya, Pat Kamau, Joyce Njoki and Mueni Lundi. Through formal and informal discussions you have influenced in fundamental ways most of the thoughts in this publication. The team at Twaweza Communications deserves gratitude for organizing the Seminars in which ideas in this Volume were shared. Catherine Bosire designed this publication and I am grateful to her.
Kimani Njogu Nairobi.
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