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For Money and Elders: Ritual, Sovereignty, and the Sacred in Kenya

Robert W. Blunt


Many observers of Kenya’s complicated history see causes for concern, from the use of public office for private gain to a constitutional structure historically lopsided towards the executive branch. Yet efforts from critics and academics to diagnose the country’s problems do not often consider what these fiscal and political issues mean to ordinary Kenyans. How do Kenyans express their own political understanding, make sense of governance, and articulate what they expect from their leaders? For Money and Elders addresses these questions by turning to the political, economic, and religious sign ... More

Keywords: Kenya, African politics, sovereignty, elderhood, counterfeiting, acephaly, violence, the eldership complex, democratic reform, Mau Mau Rebellion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226655611
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Blunt, author
Lafayette College