This bibliography comprises publications from the social sciences pertaining to the Kenya Coast and covers the following subject areas: anthropology, economics, education, geography, history, language, law, political science, religion and sociology. Publications from other disciplines have also been included where considered relevant (notably agriculture, art, environment and health). The Kenya Coast is defined as the region extending roughly 150 km inland from the Indian Ocean coast and includes the counties of Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu and the lower part of Tana River.
References can be accessed by author, subject area and/or index terms. The first publications date from the middle of the nineteenth century and the number grows steadily from the 1880s onwards. The main clusters of publications concern history, anthropology, geography, environment and language. Studies on economics, sociology, political science and religion follow.
The first version of this bibliography was published as a chapter in the Kenya Coast Handbook and covered the period up to 1996 (Hoorweg & Hekken 2000). The present digital version has been regularly updated and includes entries up to the year 2019, a total of 2312 titles. A number of entries include an abstract or a bibliographic excerpt. Compilation of references and abstracts is continuing and contributions from readers are welcome. Please send remarks and corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial compilation of references started with the library collection of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). The journal publications in this collection are documented in the African Studies Abstracts (examined for the years 1976-2016), book publications and reports are detailed in the list of ASC-acquisitions (for the years 1978-2016). Further sources include the International African Bibliography (1973-2015) and the Africa Bibliography (1984-2015). Relevant publications were identified and texts were examined for further references concerning the Kenya Coast.
This bibliography was moved from the ASC Leiden website to AfricaBib on 28 June 2012.