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Once the major success story of a troubled continent, by the early 1990s Kenya came to be regarded as its fallen star. This book challenges such images of reversal and the analytical polarities which sustain them. Based on several years of research in Kenya, the analysis ranges from telescopic to microscopic fields of vision - from national political culture, oratory, and the staging of politics, to everyday struggles for livelihood among people in one rural locale during the past century. This sliding scale of analysis allows the author to experiment theoretically with a number of themes informed by contemporary analytical tensions among post-modernist 'chaos', historical contingency, and structural regularities. The result is a study which combines many disciplines and perspectives to give a rich and varied picture of the culture of politics in twentieth-century Kenya.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521595902
ISBN-10: 0521595908
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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