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Title:Special issue: toward a history of violence in colonial Kenya
Editors:Carotenuto, MatthewISNI
Shadle, Brett
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
Geographic term:Kenya
corporal punishment
capital punishment
colonial period
Abstract:The four articles in this special issue extend attention to violence in colonial Kenya beyond conquest and resistance. Instead, they focus on how violence was employed in daily life and how Kenyans were socialized into a culture of violence on a local level. Matthew Carotenuto uses the case of forced repatriation of African women in colonial Kenya to examine differing notions of urban citizenship, and how a wider movement of youthful male conservatism from western Kenya shaped the acceptable limits of gendered violence in the public sphere. Paul Ocobock deals with corporal punishment, colonial violence and generational authority in the period 1897-1952. Brett Shadle and Stacey Hynd expand on the connections between public violence and colonial authority and argue that corporal punishment and even the death penalty were central to establishing the racial hierarchy of settler society. However, while most colonial officials and white settlers saw the need to use public violence to maintain 'proper' interracial relations, Hynd shows how debates over employing mercy at the gallows was also a way to demonstrate the benevolence of colonial rule. [ASC Leiden abstract]