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Somatic Regimes Of Citizenship In Nairobi

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This chapter examines the practical spirituality of Sai Centers in the context of voluntary associations in urban Africa, the infrastructural crisis, informality, and shantytowns. It begins by recounting the journey made by Sathya Sai Baba to East Africa in 1968 and its significance for South Asian devotees in the newly emergent post-independence states. The chapter then focuses attention on the relationship of Sai devotion to the African city, and in particular, to Nairobi, in the new millennium. It emphasizes the somatic and material modes - architecture, food, dreams, or singing - through which devotees makes their home in the city. These present creative ways of being citizens and being located in space. The chapter then explores the somatic and performative regimes of devotional citizenship in Nairobi.

Keywords: devotional citizenship; Nairobi; Sathya Sai Baba; somatic regimes



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