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Author: Jan-Bart Gewald

In 1950s Northern Rhodesia, present day Zambia, rumours abounded amongst the African population intimating that the white settlers and administration were extensively involved in witchcraft, cannibalism and blood-sucking. In turn, members of the white settler community believed very much the same with regard to the African population of the territory. The development of nationalist politics and the increasing unionization of African workers in colonial Zambia led to agitation that was matched with increasing disquiet and fears on the part of white settlers. The emergence of ‘Mau Mau’ in Kenya and rumours of ‘Mau Mau’ in Northern Rhodesia served to underscore European settler fears in Northern Rhodesia. Based on research in the National Archives of Zambia and Great Britain, this paper explores the manner in which public rumour played out in Northern Rhodesia and gave emphasis to settler fears and fantasies in the territory.

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In: Afrika Focus
Author: Mueni wa Muiu

Mau Mau in Harlem? The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya is a well-documented study, in which Gerald Horne examines the role that individual Americans, African American organizations, British government and trade unions, and the United States government played in the liberation of Kenya. It is a

In: African and Asian Studies
The term 'recent' or 'new' covers novels and some short fiction published between 1980 and 1995, a period characterized by growing pessimism about the state of affairs in both East and West Africa. The section on South Africa deals more narrowly with the 1985-95 watershed marking the end of official apartheid and the beginning of reconstruction. The three sections aim at giving a coherent picture of the main directions in production, highlighting three main centres of interest, Nigeria, Kenya, and the Republic of South Africa, although some novelists from neighbouring countries are also considered (such as Kofi Awoonor from Ghana, Nuruddin Farah from Somalia, and M.G. Vassanji and Abdulrazak Gurnah from Tanzania).
The evaluations conducted in the three sections lead to the emergence of a number of common themes, in particular the writers' predilection for topicality, the role of the past, and the controversy over the idea of the nation. Central themes also include the role of women in fending for themselves, both in rural and in urban environments. A further major theme is the role of the past (the Nigerian civil war; the Mau Mau period in Kenya; the revisiting of slavery; the refurbishing of myth; the questioning of historical reconstructions). The preoccupation of the West, East, and South African novel with the idea and ideal of the 'nation' is explored, particularly in the context of migrancy, hybridity, and transculturalism characterizing the anglophone diaspora.
The volume is aimed at literary scholars and students and, more generally, readers of fiction seeking an introduction to contemporary literary developments in various parts of sub-Saharan anglophone Africa. No categorical distinction is drawn between 'popular' and 'high' literature. Though still selective and not intended as an exhaustive catalogue, the present survey covers a large number of titles. Rather than resorting to broad and ultimately somewhat abstract thematic categories, the contributors endeavour to keep control over this mass of material by applying a 'micro-thematic' taxonomy. This approach, well-tested in the tradition of literary studies within France, groups works analytically and evaluatively in terms of such categories as actional motifs, plot-frames, and sociologically relevant locations or topics, thereby enabling a clearer focus on the dynamics of preoccupation and tendency that form networks of affinity across the fiction produced in the period surveyed.

, religion, and supposedly superior style of life. This is not to say that Kenyans did not resist the imposition of colonial rule. After all, this is what the Mau Mau war was all about. But the Land and Freedom Army only got organized after World War II, after Africans came back from serving as British

In: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
Authors: Scott Cooper and Clark Asay

the kind of exoge- nous crisis that historical institutionalists would say gives rise to institutional change (North 1990:83-91; Krasner 1984; and Thelen and Steinmo 1992). A decade after the Mau Mau rebellion and Kenyan independence, we would, therefore, not expect Kenyan leaders to still be pursuing

In: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
Author: Melvina Araújo

they were white also caused them to be regarded with suspicion by the Africans, as the latter con- sidered them to be representatives of colonialism. 14 Classifi ed as representatives of colonialism, Consolata missionaries attracted the rage of Mau Mau guerrilla fi ghters. Mau Mau was an anti

In: Social Sciences and Missions
Author: Manfred Stanley

generalizations. Each area and situation has its own dynamics and potentialities. It is best to resort to a major example of the problems raised here. There is little doubt that adaptational issues were partly involved in the often misunderstood Mau Mau Emergency in Kenya during the 1950's. The official report2

In: International Journal of Comparative Sociology

/ Social Sciences and Missions 21 (2008) 173–192 179 Dans les années 50, avec l’état d’urgence imposé par les autorités britanniques à cause de la révolte Mau-Mau, les Kikuyu sont cantonnés dans des villages fortifi és 24 . L’hostilité des prophètes à partager leurs espaces avec des non-convertis se

In: Social Sciences and Missions
Author: Shane Moran

Mau Mau rebellion. Ngũgĩ’s proposed solution to the ills of colonialism has included a completely socialised economy, collectively owned and controlled by the people. 3 Referring to the difference between novel-writing and essay-writing, Ngũgĩ has characterised the former as immersing the writer in

In: Historical Materialism

available information indicates that similar systems of "justice" against collaborators were utilized by other underground groups under similar conditions. Hence, this type of system was utilized by the French resistance during World War II (the Maquis) and by the Kenyan Kikuyu Mau Mau. One con- servative

In: International Journal of Comparative Sociology