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Title:A Kenya Petite Bourgeoisie Enters Local Politics: The Kisii Union, 1945-1949
Author:Maxon, Robert M.ISNI
Year:1986
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:19
Issue:3
Pages:451-462
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Gusii
local politics
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
nationalism
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/218975
Abstract:The first local political association to be formed among the Gusii of southwestern Kenya came into existence at the conclusion of World War II. The short life of the Kisii Union represented an attempt by an emergent Gusii petite bourgeoisie to obtain better access to local resources and economic opportunities. They sought to do this through the exercise of greater influence in local affairs, notably in such institutions as the Local Native Council, the District Education Board, and the local administration. The history of the Kisii Union provides a good example of a Kenya petite bourgeoisie moving into politics to further its interests. Its short political career is clear testimony to its success, the local political activists of the 1940s having become the establishment of the 1950s. Notes, ref.
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