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Sarah M. Hillewaert

coastal town in Kenya. 1 I had just participated in Jake's early morning yoga class at Seashore, one of the most established luxury yoga retreats along the East African coast. On the top floor of the boutique hotel, nestled in between thick baobab trees

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Jan Beek

While the transnational flows of goods, people and ideas have been increasing in the last decades, many people in Africa feel excluded from the possibilities that these connections bring. In Nairobi, some multi‐level marketing schemes are offering everyone the chance to partake in new forms of wealth creation, and hundreds of thousands of Kenyans have joined them. Such schemes have been travelling rapidly worldwide and seem to successfully circulate neoliberal rationalities and fantasies. Based on fieldwork in Kenya, the paper explores these multi‐level marketing schemes as travelling models, which need to be translated into local contexts. These schemes do not conform to conventional definitions of fraud but bring suspicions of it to the fore, doubts that haunt their glamorous marketing presentations. Such whispers imply the re‐emergence of notions of morality that are very much the opposite of the ideas that the schemes bring with them. Studying such schemes allows us to explore how actors convey, desperately want to partake in, and believe in capitalist rationalities and imaginaries. The suspicions of fraud also suggest a certain disillusionment with these rationalities, making apparent that they have become a matter of belief.

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Ruin of Empire

The Uganda Railway and Memory Work in Kenya

Norman Aselmeyer

Kenya's official languages: English, Kiswahili, and Silence. There was also memory. — Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor 1 When Kenya went to the polls in 2017, the reelection bid of the ruling coalition centered on the infrastructure projects

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“The Dragon Can't Roar”

Analysis of British Expatriate Masculinity in Yusuf Dawood's One Life Too Many

Antony Mukasa Mate

Yusuf Dawood's One Life Too Many (1987) is a poignant exploration of the life of British expatriate Sydney Walker in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. The text epitomizes the nexus between power and masculinity through the rise and fall of the

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“Can You Really See What We Write Online?”

Ethics and Privacy in Digital Research with Girls

Ronda Zelezny-Green

located in the east of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. This part of the city is one of the most densely populated and many households in the area are working-class or impoverished, with subsistence employment prevalent. There are approximately 35 members of

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

neighboring countries, in particular Kenya and Tanzania. By 2000, Tanzania was hosting around 702,000 refugees and asylum seekers, while Kenya was home to over 219,000 ( UNHCR 2004 ). Since then, Kenya's refugee population has soared to 490,000, while 337

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Moving Onward?

Secondary Movers on the Fringes of Refugee Mobility in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Jolien Tegenbos and Karen Büscher

order to better understand the complexity of migrant experiences and conceptualize the “mixedness.” This article, with its analysis of the migration-asylum nexus in the setting of Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, builds further on a continuing “plea” for

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

's own—a change of status, temporarily felt. ‘Comparison’ ( kwiganania ) implies envy, the desire to consume like others witnessed in the peri-urban milieu of central Kenya. Iregi's words describe the central theme I explore in this article—a sense of

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Meghan Bellerose, Maryama Diaw, Jessie Pinchoff, Beth Kangwana, and Karen Austrian

Introduction From March to July 2020, the Kenyan government implemented mitigation measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. These included closing schools on 15 March, banning large social gatherings, and enacting a national dusk to dawn

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Distributing Responsibilities in an Agricultural Ecosystem

Insights from the Lake Naivasha Water Basin in Kenya

Gaële Rouillé-Kielo

This article explores the responses to acknowledged anthropogenic transformations of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, whose ecosystem is considered to have been disturbed by the intensification of agricultural uses of natural resources (notably land and water) over the last half century. It examines the ways in which a “payments for environmental services” (PES) project has been implemented, reflecting the rationale of ecological modernization. This article aims to challenge the environmental narrative that supports the project by revealing its oversimplifications. Empirical data demonstrates how the environmental issues addressed by the project are embedded in historically inherited land trajectories. This in turn forces us to reflect on the necessary question of responsibility, an issue at the heart of the debate since the emergence of the Anthropocene concept.