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Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya

Kenda Mutongi


Growing up in the Maragoli community in Kenya, the author of this book encountered a perplexing contradiction. While the young teachers at her village school railed against colonialism, many of her elders, including her widowed mother, praised their former British masters. This book explores how both the challenges and contradictions of colonial rule and the frustrations and failures of independence shaped the lives of Maragoli widows and their complex relations with each other, their families, and the larger community. Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, rates of widow ... More

Keywords: Maragoli, Kenya, colonialism, colonial rule, independence, widows, widowhood, political problems, community, language of citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226554198
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226554228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenda Mutongi, author