Kenya stands at a crossroads in its history and heritage, as the nation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of independence from Britain in 2013. At this important juncture, what parts of its history, including the Mau Mau uprising, do citizens and state wish to remember and commemorate and what is best forgotten or occluded? What does heritage mean to ordinary Kenyans, and what role does it play in building nationhood and forging peace and reconciliation? Focusing on the 1990s to the present, "Managing Heritage, Making Peace" is a timely exploration of the ways in which Kenyans are engaging with the past in the present, including such local initiatives as the community peace museums movement, local and national monuments and other notable commemorative actions. The authors show how Kenya is facing a continuing crisis over nationhood, heritage, memory and identity, which must be resolved to achieve social cohesion and peace.
'This is an important book on a subject vital to the development of a common citizenship in all post-conflict states, and not only in Africa. .. What makes this book important is the first-hand, personally experienced, evidence it marshals about the convenient myths, genuine beliefs, fearful claims, courageous generosities and cynical opportunisms of real lives.'
John Lonsdale, Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
‘a book that would be of interest to a wide audience, not only scholars of Kenya, but also those interested in memory making, commemoration and identity more generally. It is a powerful book for its reflection on memory in a post-conflict society.’
Laragh Larsen, Africa Journal
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdHardback
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 258
Illustrations: 40 bw integrated illustrations, 21 pp colour plates