Burying SM The Politics of Knowledge and the Sociology of Power in Africa

ISBN-10: 0435080636

ISBN-13: 9780435080631

Edition: 1992

Authors: David W. Cohen, Atieno Odhiambo

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The distinguished Kenyan lawyer S.M. Otieno died intestate in 1986; the ensuing struggle between his Kikuyu widow and his Luo clan became a matter of national concern. Debates raged over what legal, cultural, social, and historical grounds should govern the disposition of SM's remains, what legal rights should be enjoyed by widows, and over the interests of the state. While closely scrutinizing the legal case record, the authors examine how history was constructed by the various litigants, counsel, jurists, and witnesses, including an elderly gravedigger and mason, a cook, and a professor of philosophy. The authors invited a half-dozen scholars from different disciplines to discuss "what the case was really about" and "how the story should be told." These brief commentaries are included.
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List price: $30.25
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 5/4/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 159
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

S.M. Otieno's Genealogy Introduction One Body, Two Funerals Orations of the Dead Silences of the Living Living Bodies and Their Knowledge
The Productions of Culture
The Constitution of an African State Owino Misiani's Lamentation, 1987 Commentaries Conclusion Afterpiece
Notes Texts Cited in Court
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