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Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya
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. In this moving book, Mutongi explores how both the challenges and contradictions of colonial rule and the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by University Of Chicago Press
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Excellent read. Written in an accessible manner that offers detailed perspectives of colonial and postcolonial experiences of a section of Kenyan this book combines ethnographic and historical research to globaly gaze at that worries of Maragoli widows (period 1940-1960). Mutongi not only discusses the roots of widowhood in the Maragoli community, she also delves into the lived experiences of the widows as young girls, young single mothers and as old women. By so doing the women are able to ...more