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Maisha Bora, Kwa Nani? A Cool Life, For Whom? Mediations Of Masculinity, Ethnicity, And Violence In A Nairobi Slum

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In this chapter the author argues that ethnic differences by themselves do not explain the post-election violence. The application of the concept of ethnicity as an explanatory concept by itself glosses over the underlying dynamics of historical, political, social and economic factors that come together in a particular locality at a particular moment in time. In this chapter he generally refers to direct forms of violence but, when analysing the history of legitimating discourses in relation to acts of direct violence, he turns to the analytical concept of indirect violence. In this chapter the takes a closer look at the locality of Bondeni Village (Bondé in Sheng), a ghetto village in Mathare Valley, and explore how young men who committed, suffered or witnessed the post-election violence, mediated violence, reconstructed history, and positioned themselves as Kikuyu.

Keywords: Bondeni Village; Ethnicity; Kikuyu; Mathare Valley



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