There are regions in the world where socioeconomic deprivation, ecological marginality, political exclusion, poverty and violence all seem to converge. The cases presented in this book, the outcome of a seminar held in Nairobi in 2007, describe various violent conflicts in rural Kenya with the aim of understanding spatial insecurity while searching for explanations beyond the mainstream narratives that blame poverty, ethnic diversity, resource scarcity or rapid cultural transition for violent conflicts. "Spatial insecurity" is a societal context that people themselves shape, make use of, exploit and suffer from. The overall conclusion is that "ethnic identity" can no longer be used as a refuge behind which violent conflict can be justified. Chapters: Spaces of insecurity (Karen Witsenburg & Fred Zaal); The ethnicization of territory: identity and space among the Nandi in Turbo division (Alice J.C. Kurgat); Revenge, ethnicity and cattle raiding in north-western Kenya (Dave Eaton); Inbetween cattle raids and peace meetings: voices from the Kenya-Ugandan border region (Friederike Mieth); Identity strategies of the Western Pokot: exploring the meaning of livestock raiding (Kim C.M. de Vries); Ethnic tensions in harsh environments: the Gabra pastoralists and their neighbours in northern Kenya (Karen Witsenburg); Natural resources and conflicts: theoretical flaws and empirical evidence from northern Kenya (Wario R. Adano, Ton Dietz & Karen Witsenburg); Conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in Tana River district (Pilly Martin); Resource conflict, governance and ethnicity: Loita forest and the fight for exclusion (Fred Zaal & Wario R. Adano); Precolonial models of conflict management in some African societies (Joshua J. Akong'a). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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Year of publication: 2012
Series: African Studies Collection
Volume: 45
Karen Witsenburg & Fred Zaal (eds.)
African Studies Centre
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