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Obama and Kenya Contested Histories and the Politics of Belonging

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ISBN-10: 0896803007

ISBN-13: 9780896803008

Edition: 2016

Authors: Matthew Carotenuto, Katherine Luongo

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Barack Obama’s political ascendancy has focused considerable global attention on the history of Kenya generally and the history of the Luo community particularly. From politicos populating the blogosphere and bookshelves in the U.S and Kenya, to tourists traipsing through Obama’s ancestral home, a variety of groups have mobilized new readings of Kenya’s past in service of their own ends.Through narratives placing Obama into a simplified, sweeping narrative of anticolonial barbarism and postcolonial "tribal” violence, the story of the United States president’s nuanced relationship to Kenya has been lost amid stereotypical portrayals of Africa. At the same time, Kenyan state officials have…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2016
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 7/29/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Katherine Luongo received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2003-2004, she held a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to conduct archival and ethnographic research in Kenya and was a research associate at the Institut Fran�ais de Recherche en Afrique in Nairobi. Currently, she is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University in Boston. Luongo's articles have appeared in History in Africa, African Affairs, The Journal of Eastern African Studies and the Cahiers d'#201;tudes africaines. Her research and teaching interests include the occult, legal systems and anthropological history.