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Title Ethnic diversity in eastern Africa : opportunities and challenges / edited by Kimani Njogu, Kabiri Ngeta, Mary Wanjau
Published Nairobi : Twaweza Communications, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 234 pages)
Contents A prologue to ethnic diversity in Eastern Africa / Kimani Njogu -- Ethnic pluralism and national governance in Africa : a survey / Michael Chege -- What do we share? : from the local to the global, and back again / Mineke Schipper -- Production of ethnic identity in Kenya / Karega-Munene -- Links between African proverbs and sayings and ethnic diversity / Joseph G. Healey -- (Over)riding the rainbow : ethnic diversity and the Kenyan creative economy / Joy Mboya -- Leveraging Africa's diversity for an improved image and branding / Mary W. Kimanye -- Ethnic diversity, democratization, and nation-building in Canada / Kenneth Agyemong Attafuah -- Ethnic diversity in East Africa : the Tanzanian case and the role of Kiswahili language as a unifying factor / Huruma Luhovilo Sigalla -- Critical reflections on the challenges and prospects of ethnic diversity management in democratization / Eric Aseka -- Media and national identity : should national media be relegated to the backseat? / Nassanga Goretti Linda -- Ethnic diversity background and issues : the case of Rwanda / James Vuningoma -- The challenges of ethnicity, multiparty democracy and state building in multiethnic states in Africa : experiences from Kenya / Paul N. Mbatia, Kennedy Bikuri & Peter Nderitu -- A political economy of land reform in Kenya : the limits and possibilities of resolving persistent ethnic conflicts / Nicholas O. Odoyo -- Epilogue -- emerging issues in managing the challenges and opportunities of ethnic diversity in East Africa : is good governance the destiny? / Ngeta Kabiri
Summary In most of Africa, there is evidence of politicised inter-ethnic rivalry and ethnic mobilisation to acquire, maintain or monopolise power as competition for resources intensify. This volume demonstrates how ethnic diversity can be managed at a number of levels in order to improve the lives of citizens. As the contributors show, ethnicity as an identity is fluid and malleable. It can be deconstructed in order to reduce its saliency. Evidently, strong ethnic affliation has also been viewed as a major barrier to human and economic development although ethnically bound welfare organisations do influence the economic and social life of citizens especially in the rural areas, In most of Africa, it is through ethnic identification that competition for influence in the state and in the allocation of resources becomes apparent. Occasionally, governments have sought to address this challenge through ethnic and regional balancing in political appointments. But this does not always work. Drawing on experiences from Eastern Africa and beyond, the contributors discuss how ethnic diversity can be a resource for the region
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Subject Ethnicity -- Africa, Eastern -- Congresses.
Africa, Eastern -- Ethnic relations -- Congresses.
Africa, Eastern -- Politics and government -- 1960- -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Ngeta, Kabiri.
Njogu, Kimani.
Wanjau, Mary.
LC no. 2010305734
ISBN 9789966028044 (e-book)
9789966028068 (electronic bk.)
9966028048 (e-book)
9966028064 (electronic bk.)