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
Ethics and Privacy in Digital Research with Girls
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 a
Insights from the Lake Naivasha Water Basin in Kenya
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.
Perspectives from Africa
Henrietta L. Moore
There has been much discussion in anthropology of the problem of belief and of the difficulties inherent in understanding and interpreting alternative life-worlds. One consequence of anthropological understanding and interpretation being intimately tied to the epistemological and ethical project of contextualization is that other people's knowledge is often rendered as parochial, defined by its local contexts and scope. This article discusses the recent conversion to radical Protestant beliefs in a community in northern Kenya that has resulted in new forms of knowledge and agency. The moral continuities and discontinuities between researcher and researched cannot in this situation be glossed by making the informants rational in context or by asserting the existence of culturally distinct worldviews. The article explores how this sets up a series of epistemological and ethical dilemmas that shape both the research project and the research process.
Policing Partnerships in Nairobi, Kenya
Francesco Colona and Tessa Diphoorn
actors who are not (directly) encapsulated by the state, and in some cases, operate in a certain degree of isolation, away from state oversight and authority. Several studies based in Kenya (e.g., Anderson 2002 ; Rasmussen 2010 ; Ruteere and Pommerolle
Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania
Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley
This article examines the ways in which both colonial and postcolonial migration regimes in Kenya and Tanzania have reproduced forms of differential governance toward the mobilities of particular African bodies. While there has been a growing interest in the institutional discrimination and “othering” of migrants in or in transit to Europe, comparable dynamics in the global South have received less scholarly attention. The article traces the enduring governmental differentiation, racialization, and management of labor migrants and refugees in Kenya and Tanzania. It argues that analyses of contemporary policies of migration management are incomplete without a structured appreciation of the historical trajectories of migration control, which are inseparably linked to notions of coloniality and related constructions of (un)profitable African bodies. It concludes by recognizing the limits of controlling Africans on the move and points toward the inevitable emergence of social conditions in which conviviality and potentiality prevail.
Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya
Contemporary anthropological accounts of economic uncertainty often use the concept of hope as a means of recovering human agency in relation to broader socio-economic structures. At times, however, the emphasis anthropologists place on hope can appear too generically existential. This article argues for a more specific emphasis on the object of hope—an appreciation of more concrete desires held by marginal persons, orienting their economic activity. In the case I unfold from peri-urban central Kenya, low-status male youth are shown to lack the money they require to unlock pleasurable experiences of drinking, a sign of having wealth and the living of a good life. Rendered hopeless, young men turn to crime as an alternative means of realizing their desires for consumption in the short term.
Are Helplines Useful?
limits and potential. In this article, based on my Masters dissertation research, I use the case of a children’s helpline in Kenya to interrogate the extent to which the helpline as a form of communication technology is being used to address girls’ SRH
Quantity, Social Freedom, and Combinatory Practices in Western Kenya
deliberately translate ethnographic data into formal language in order to be able to compare data across different social spheres (cf. Mitchell 1980 ). Taking into account that the validity of social encounters in Western Kenya is not a qualitative matter (who
Violence in Britain’s Twentieth-Century Empire
Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya , he would have been aware of the systemized violence that Britain deployed during the Mau Mau Emergency in colonial Kenya. 12 He might also, at a minimum, have gestured to the connections between 1950s Kenya and other