Culture and Customs of Kenya

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 233 pages
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Kenya, a land of safaris, wild animals, and Maasai warriors, perfectly represents Africa for many Westerners. This peerless single-source book presents the contemporary reality of life in Kenya, an important East-African nation that has served as a crossroads for peoples and cultures from Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia for centuries. As such, it is a land rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, where unique and dynamic traditions blend with modern influences. Students and general readers will be engrossed in narrative overviews highlighting Kenyan history, as well as the beliefs, vibrant cultural expressions, and various lifestyles and roles of the Kenyan population. A chronology, glossary, and numerous photos enhance the narrative.

Kenya today struggles with nation building. Its society comprises the haves and the have-nots and faces the challenges of the trend toward urbanization, with its attendant disruption of traditional social structures. For Kenyans, the preserving of traditional cultures is as important as making the statement that Kenya is a modern nation. Chapters on the land, people, and history; religion and worldview; literature, film, and media; art and architecture; cuisine and traditional dress; gender roles, marriage, and family; and social customs and lifestyle are up to date and written by a country expert. A chronology, glossary, and numerous photos enhance the narrative.

  

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User Review  - contessa20 - LibraryThing

Culture and Customs of Kenya was a SUPERB book and was, by far the best book on the subject that I've read to date. It gave incredibly accurate and detailed information without being elitist or condescending toward the more rural and traditional cultural aspects. Very well done. Read full review

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Acted as a big re-assurance about my roots as Kikuyu

Contents

Introduction
1
Religion and Worldview
33
Literature Film and Media
61
Art Architecture and Housing
85
Cuisine and Traditional Dress
113
Gender Roles Marriage and Family
135
Social Customs and Lifestyle
159
Music and Dance
187
Glossary
211
Bibliographic Essay
217
Index
227
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About the author (2003)

NEAL SOBANIA is Professor of History and Director of the International Education Office at Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

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