By Paul Ocobock
In twentieth-century Kenya, age and gender have been strong cultural and political forces that lively loved ones and generational relationships. in addition they formed East Africans’ touch with and impression on emergent colonial and international principles approximately age and masculinity. Kenyan males and boys got here of age reaching their manhood via altering rites of passage and entry to new retailers reminiscent of city lifestyles, crime, anticolonial violence, and nationalism. And as they did, the colonial executive appropriated masculinity and adulthood as technique of statecraft and control.
In An doubtful Age, Paul Ocobock positions age and gender on the middle of way of life and country construction in Kenya. He excavates in remarkable methods how the evolving inspiration of “youth” encouraged and energized colonial energy and the activities opposed to it, exploring the masculinities boys and younger males debated and played as they crisscrossed the colony looking for wages or took the Mau Mau oath. but he additionally considers how British officers’ personal principles approximately masculinity formed not just younger African men’s rules approximately manhood however the very nature of colonial rule.
An doubtful Age joins an increasing number of histories that experience started to collapse monolithic male identities to push the historiographies of Kenya and empire into new territory.
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