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


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desacofemo.cf/pieces-of-me-a-collection-of.php For Mutongi, unlike many Africanist historians, independence did not present Maragoli widows with a radical break in their existence, but rather a new situation in which they slightly modified older strategies of survival. This de-emphasizing of independence as a moment of profound change for rural Kenayans alone is enough to make the book something of a landmark within African historiography.

Her careful ethnography, drawn on interviews with 50 widows for a year, is carefully contextualized with archival research providing the reader with a more fully realized social world than most anthropologists describe at the same time describing people, even the deceased, more alive than most historians achieve.

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

As such, the identity of her subjects is not as important as the subjects themselves. Her humane treatment of the western Kenyans she describes is laudable and complemented by fluid prose. Perhaps because of her approach to understand people, Mutongi does not offer a singular answer to why Maragoli widows, indeed many Maragoli old enough to remember, believed that life was better under British rather than African rule.

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Instead she concludes by offering answers that are complex and contradictory — every bit as human as the answers most of us give for trouble in our own lives. Kenda Mutongi presents us a book that demonstrates the strategies of widows in rural Kenya to show how colonialism and independence in African cannot be fully understood as interactions between the powerful and the oppressed.

The interactions of Africans amongst themselves must be examined as well to understand how people lived their lives. Any scholar trying to understand the daily existence of their subjects will find this book instructive; any reader with an interest in understanding social interactions among people forced to grapple with a complex, often cruel, world will find a well-crafted, surprising, historical narrative. Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren. Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

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Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Worries of the heart: English View all editions and formats Summary: Growing up in the Maragoli community in Kenya, Kenda Mutongi 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.

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In this moving book, Mutongi 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.

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Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Publications Pages Publications Pages. Kenda Mutongi, Worries of the Heart: Any scholar trying to understand the daily existence of their subjects will find this book instructive; any reader with an interest in understanding social interactions among people forced to grapple with a complex, often cruel, world will find a well-crafted, surprising, historical narrative. Women -- Social conditions. Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Electronic books Additional Physical Format: Worries of the heart. Document, Internet resource Document Type: Kenda Mutongi Find more information about: Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, rates of widowhood have been remarkably high in Kenya. This book explores how the challenges and frustrations of both colonial rule and independence shaped the lives of Maragoli widows and their complex relations with each other, their families, and the larger community.

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