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For Money and EldersRitual, Sovereignty, and the Sacred in Kenya$
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Robert W. Blunt

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226655611

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.001.0001

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Corruptus Interruptus: The Limits of Transactional Imaginaries in Moi’s Kenya

Corruptus Interruptus: The Limits of Transactional Imaginaries in Moi’s Kenya

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(p.144) 6 Corruptus Interruptus: The Limits of Transactional Imaginaries in Moi’s Kenya
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For Money and Elders
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Robert W. Blunt

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.003.0006

Chapter Six explores how the figure of the Mzee or “old man” collapsed into the figure of the police man in the context of Moi’s patrimonial decay. By examining a highly publicized incident involving police, sex, transport and money before the December 2002 general elections, this chapter directs attention to moments in which people bump up against the limits of patrimonial power, and their convivial relationship to it. It examines the tension between forms of sociality and governance produced through the spectacle of value, versus those produced by the spectacle of the law.

Keywords:   police in Kenya, Mzee, patrimonial decay, illicit conviviality, local categories of sovereignty

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