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Title:Juvenile delinquency and violence in the fiction of three Kenyan writers
Author:Odhiambo, TomISNI
Periodical:Tydskrif vir letterkunde
Geographic term:Kenya
juvenile delinquency
About persons:John Kiriamiti (1950-)ISNI
Meja Mwangi (1948-)ISNI
John Kigia Kimani
External link:https://doi.org/10.4314/tvl.v44i2.29796
Abstract:This essay is a preliminary examination of crime and violence in postcolonial Kenyan fiction. It examines how three Kenyan writers - John Kiriamiti, Meja Mwangi and John Kigia Kimani - have dealt with the themes of crime and violence in their works 'My life in crime' (1984), 'Kill me quick' (1973), and 'Life and times of a bank robber' (1989). The article postulates that the prevalence of juvenile delinquency and the related acts of violence in these works could be read as indicators of the failure of the postcolonial State to 'include' urban youth in the mainstream of society. The essay further argues that there is a correlation between the marginalization of youth in society and their adoption of antisocial behaviour as a strategy to access material resources. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]