Dear Group Members,


 

I have been contracted to work on various development projects in Kenya, and wish to make this very much an anthropological engagement. However, my research milieux are the Caribbean and Lowland South America, with reference to transatlantic intersystems as they pertain to West Africa. 

Hence, I would like to know two things, with which I hope the members of the group can help: 

 

1. Key recommended anthropological, international relations and development literature on the region.

2. Projects that are currently happening in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda (and perhaps Ethiopia and Somalia, although I do not wish to engage in too many projects at present). 

 

I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

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Hi Stacy

Are you interested in a particular region or Kenya as a whole? Which part of Kenya will you be working?

 

Here is a good bibliography on the Mijikenda: http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/bibliography/mijikenda.htm

I would add Martin Walsh (http://cambridge.academia.edu/MartinWalsh/Papers)

Janet McIntosh (http://www.brandeis.edu/facguide/person.html?emplid=99b385fb9b50f50...)

Diane Ciekawy (http://www.cas.ohiou.edu/socanth/faculty/ciekawy.html)

John Middleton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Francis_Marchment_Middleton)

 

In terms of development projects, mobile banking is where the money is: http://www.gsmworld.com/our-work/mobile_planet/mobile_money_for_the...

 

and BPO is where the Kenyan government's money is: http://www.ict.go.ke/index.php/bpo/bpoites-stakeholder-update/353-k... 

Hi Nathan,

 

Thank you so much for these. I will be based in Nairobi, but will be working on various projects throughout the country. Therefore, for now I wish to think of the country as a whole, and then decide on where I wish to focus when I get there. 

I will be staying with the CEO of one of the largest telecommunications companies in Kenya and his family, and hope to get further insight on how mobile technology is transforming to country.

Thanks for this, and will keep you posted.

 

All the best,

Stacy

Hi Nathan,

Yes, thank you so much for these links! I've been invited to be an artist-in-residence in Kisumu for Feb and March, and I need to do some research. It's quite a lot of information to take in, especially as a non-anthropologist. My artistic work overlaps with ethnography and the project I'll be working on in Kisumu is in domestic ritual. You've helped out so much, but you wouldn't happen to have any more information on that the peoples in Kisumu and that region?

Kindest regards,

Nicole


Nathan Dobson said:

Hi Stacy

Are you interested in a particular region or Kenya as a whole? Which part of Kenya will you be working?

 

Here is a good bibliography on the Mijikenda: http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/bibliography/mijikenda.htm

I would add Martin Walsh (http://cambridge.academia.edu/MartinWalsh/Papers)

Janet McIntosh (http://www.brandeis.edu/facguide/person.html?emplid=99b385fb9b50f50...)

Diane Ciekawy (http://www.cas.ohiou.edu/socanth/faculty/ciekawy.html)

John Middleton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Francis_Marchment_Middleton)

 

In terms of development projects, mobile banking is where the money is: http://www.gsmworld.com/our-work/mobile_planet/mobile_money_for_the...

 

and BPO is where the Kenyan government's money is: http://www.ict.go.ke/index.php/bpo/bpoites-stakeholder-update/353-k... 

Hi Nicole,

I'm sure other members of the group are better placed than me to give advice about Luo ritual. The OAC's own Martin Walsh knows a lot about Kenya so I would suggest you contact him or use Parker Shipton's trilogy (here) as a starting point. 

The closest I got to finding something that matches your interest was Lynn Thomas:

Politics of the Womb:  Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya.  Berkeley and Los Angeles:  University of California Press, 2003.

 

I would be very interested in hearing (or seeing) more of your work. Are you able to post any of it on the OAC in the form of photos?

 

Nathan

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