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Title (Re)membering Kenya. Vol. 2, Interrogating marginalization and governance / edited by George Gona and Mbũgua wa-Mũngai
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2014
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Contents Foreword / Maurice Makoloo, Johannes Hossfeld -- Introduction / George Gona, Mbũgua wa-Mũngai -- Prescript -- Out of the Closet: Waridi's Joys and Struggles / Mbũgua wa-Mũngai -- The Politics of Marginalization -- Disability Discrimination: A Personal Reflection / Phitalis Were Masakhwe -- Muslims Engaging with the State in the Context of Changing Political Landscape in Kenya / Hassan Mwakimako -- Re-membering the Drylands of Kenya: Integrating ASAL Economies in Vision 2030 / Abdirahman Maalim Abass and Francis Mwaura -- Roadblocks to Governance -- Citizenship and Nationhood in Post-Independent Kenya / Felistus Kinyanjui -- Kenya: Imagined Closed Spaces of the Political Economy of Violence / Felistus Kinyanjui -- Exploiting Opportunities in the Matatu Service for Transport Planning in Nairobi, Kenya Selected Normative Practices -- A Critique / Mary Njeri Kinyanjui and Meleckidzedeck Khayesi -- Kenyan Women in the Context of 2008 Post-election Violence: From Exclusion to Participation in Peace Building / Nyokabi Kamau -- Dealing with the Aftermath of the Election Violence of 2007/2008: Kenya's Dilemmas / George Gona -- Notes on Contributors
Summary Out of the first series of public lectures titled (Re)membering Kenya organised by the Volume editors together with Twaweza Communications and supported by the Goethe Institut Kenya, The Ford Foundation and the Institute for International Education, and whose key outcome was the publication of Remembering Kenya Vol. 1 (2010) grew a second round of lecture series. The second series took cognisance of the fact that the problems that bedevil Kenya as a nation go far beyond questions of culture and identity that Volume 1 dealt with. Thus, the second presentations revolved mainly around issues of economics, governance and power. The awareness of the role and/or lack of equity and social justice in causing Kenya's persistent problems informed all these presentations. Issues of how to bring marginalised groups into the mainstream were discussed. This Volume, in part, arises from the second presentations. The authors of chapters attempt to provide answers to the question: what entails (re)membering in post-conflict Kenya? From their work, it is clear that there is a lot to (re)member in Kenya, and many ways in which to reconfigure project Kenya. (Re)membering is re-thinking and reorganising our ways of doing things. It entails a juggling of priorities; between peace and reconciliation, peace and justice, and seeking justice and reconciliation without undermining peace, all of which are arduous exercises. Reconciling misconceptions about places, issues and people is part of this reconstitution too. New pathways require being embraced, past mistakes (individual and collective) acknowledged and giving earnest meaning to the vow 'never again!' Yet, as observed in this Volume, Kenyans must be vigilant against individuals and groups that have often resisted change. There are also material constraints to the achievement of the various economic activities that come with reconfiguring the Kenyan nation. Worse still there exist certain cultural underpinnings that continue to have a debilitating effect on efforts to forge a sustainable peace after conflict. These aspects require deep reflection and honest work. In part, the contributors to this Volume suggest how it can be done. There is a hint in these chapters that we need to find new organizing spaces and principles on which a 'new' Kenya can move forward. Equally, debating the very meanings of social justice and reconciliation against the background of potential conflict should be a project of this endeavor. Questioning and identifying where impunity begun is key to this process. In doing so, we begin liberating ourselves from Kenyan society's deep-rooted impunity. (Re)membering Kenya, after all, calls for a reconstruction of 'the journey to the conflict' in order to find the right balance between the right of remembrance and the duty of forgetfulness
Notes "A project by Goethe-Institut Kenya, The Ford Foundation, Twaweza Communications."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Communication and culture -- Kenya.
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- Kenya.
Political violence -- Kenya.
Kenya -- History -- 1963-
Kenya -- Politics and government -- 2002-
Kenya -- Social conditions -- 1963-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Gona, G. M., editor
Mũngai, Mbũgua wa, 1971- editor
Ford Foundation, issuing body
Goethe-Institut (Nairobi, Kenya), issuing body
Twaweza Communications, issuing body
ISBN 9789966028457