The Socio-Cultural, Ethnic and Historic Foundations of Kenya’s Electoral Violence: Democracy on Fire, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Socio-Cultural, Ethnic and Historic Foundations of Kenya’s Electoral Violence

Democracy on Fire, 1st Edition

By Stephen M. Magu

Routledge

164 pages

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Kenya’s 2007 General Election results announcement precipitated the worst ethnic conflict in the country’s history; 1,133 people were killed, while 600,000 were internally displaced. Within 2 months, the incumbent and the challenger had agreed to a power-sharing agreement and a Government of National Unity.

This book investigates the role of socio-cultural origins of ethnic conflict during electoral periods in Kenya beginning with the multi-party era of democratization and the first multi-party elections of 1992, illustrating how ethnic groups construct their interests and cooperate (or fail to) based on shared traits. The author demonstrates that socio-cultural traditions have led to the collaboration (and frequent conflict) between the Kikuyu and Kalenjin that has dominated power and politics in independent Kenya. The author goes onto evaluate the possibility of peace for future elections.

This book will be of interest to scholars of African democracy, Kenyan history and politics, and ethnic conflict.

Table of Contents

Preamble

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Brief History of Kenya: From Colony to Independence

Chapter 2: Post-Independence, Succession, Autocracy and Global Geopolitics

Chapter 3: Democracy, Our Way, and Multiparty Politics

Chapter 4: Change to Believe in: New Beginnings

Chapter 5: Reconfiguring the Politiscape: Return of History and the End of Hope

Chapter 6: Resolving Kenya’s Complex Socio-Historical Contestations

Chapter 7: Contemporary Kenya: First Half Century and Opportunities

Chapter 8: Concluding thoughts: 2017, Lessons of 2007, 2010 and 2013

About the Author

Author

Stephen M. Magu is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hampton University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge African Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS001000
HISTORY / Africa / General
HIS001020
HISTORY / Africa / East
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL007000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POL053000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General