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Title:[Conflict resolution in Kenya: taking stock of a political crisis]
Editors:Ogude, JamesISNI
Ojwang, DanISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Africa Insight (ISSN 0256-2804)
Volume:39
Issue:1
Pages:104
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:violence
elections
2007
State
intellectuals
gender relations
mass media
ethnicity
Internet
conference papers (form)
2008
Abstract:This special issue of 'Africa Insight' brings together articles that were initially presented at the workshop 'Conflict resolution in Kenya: taking stock of a political crisis' convened at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, on 18 July 2008. The workshop was motivated by an attempt to understand the violent aftermath of the Kenyan general elections of December 2007. The articles collected here are those that probe the cultural dimensions of the crisis from the perspective of media, literary and cultural studies. James Ogude draws attention to the literary representation of the State in Africa, including Kenya, as a 'site of eating', arguing that as an alien concept, the nation-State has not been sufficiently domesticated by Africans. Dan Ojwang discusses the role of Kenyan intellectuals in the political realm. Grace A. Musila explores the role of hegemonic masculinities in shaping patterns of authority in Kenya. George Ogola reflects on the Kenyan news media and the coverage of the 2007 political crisis. Ethnic stereotypes and the ideological manifestations of ethnicity in Kenyan cyber communities are examined by Dina Ligaga. Finally, through a close reading of Kenyan blog sites, Jennifer Musangi examines ways through which the blogosphere revealed an undeniable level of uncertainty or misinformation about Kenya's numerous mysteries, focusing on the 2007 elections. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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