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Title:'I Am Like a Movie Star in My Street': Photographic self-creation in postcolonial Kenya
Author:Behrend, H.
Book title:Postcolonial Subjectivities in Africa
Editor:Werbner, R.
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Zed Books
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Anthropology & Ethnology
Abstract:This chapter deals with popular photography and postcolonial subjectivities in Kenya. For Kenyan urban youth, there is a radically īdesired otherī, the African American from the ghetto with his fashion, body poses, slang, and hip hop music. The author shows, on the basis of the example of 18-year old Peter Mwasunguchi from Mombasa, how the medium of photography is used as a technique for self-creation by urban Kenyan youth. She examines the ways in which Peter and his friends enter into social exchange around images of themselves as īthe desired otherī. Stylized after the African American, their images obliterate the friendsī own ethnic differences and thus represent them renewed as autonomous individuals. (Source: ASC Documentation)