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Political Protest in Contemporary Kenya

Change and Continuities, 1st Edition

By Jacob Mwathi Mati


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367280673
pub: 2020-02-24
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This book analyzes the emergence, strategies and outcomes of the struggle to embed democratic governance and constitutional order in Kenya, showcasing both the power and the limits of citizen agency in the struggle to transform a postcolonial African state.

Engaging data from primary interviews, media and existing literature, this book analyzes the emergence, diffusion, operational strategies and outcomes of Kenyan constitutional reform struggles with a view to showcasing both the power and limits of social movement in transforming a postcolonial African state. It engages intersections of social movement and theories of democratisation to probe the production, operations and outcomes of the disruptive yet creative power of the movements at the centre of the struggle to transform the Kenyan constitution. The book also appraises the ‘meanings’ of, and developments after, the promulgation of the 2010 constitution with a view to illuminate the prospects for a transformative democratic political order in Kenya. This book is a useful tool in understanding the specific Kenyan struggles, but also offers saliences on other democratic struggles on the African continent and beyond.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of social movements and political change in Africa in general and Kenya in particular.

Table of Contents

1. The seeds of contemporary Kenyan constitution reform struggles: An introduction 2. Crystallisation of the constitution change movement 3. Ufungamano Initiative: A Movement of Movements 4. Leadership, Framing and Mobilisation Strategies 5. Success and its paradoxes 6. A Dream Deferred 7. Uncivil energy begets civil ends 8. A Turning Point When History Failed to Turn 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Jacob Mwathi Mati is a lecturer in sociology at The University of the South Pacific, Fiji and an Associate Research Fellow at the Society, Work & Politics Institute at The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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African Governance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies