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Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya

1st Edition

By Awino Okech


92 pages

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This book examines the practice of widow inheritance in order to explore the intersection between power, gender and sexualities in Kenya.

Using widow inheritance amongst the Luo of Kenya as a case study, the book explores the role of body politics in the construction of gendered subjects and nations. Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya unpacks how ‘respectable femininities’ and ‘wayward sexualities’ become the ‘sites’ within which national and state politics are ritualized and where tensions resulting from non-hegemonic performances of both gender and sexuality are ‘resolved’. The empirical research that underpins this book is qualitative and grounded in feminist methodology, challenging the erasure of women’s narratives in hegemonic epistemologies.

Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya will be of interest to students and scholars of African gender studies and women's rights.

Table of Contents

1. Gender, Sexuality and Culture

2. Dominant Discourses on Widow Inhereitance

3. Widow Inheritance and Gender Identity

4. Discursive Boundaries: Building Nations

5. Gendered Language and Culture

6. Conclusion

About the Author

Awino Okech is a lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, School of

Oriental and African Studies, London and a Senior Research Associate with

the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa publishes high quality, original scholarship from new and established scholars across the world. The series brings together research from across the humanities and social sciences and offers critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives.

Themes of the series include gender and health, LGBT movements, women’s political participation, sexual and domestic violence, pleasure, power and eroticism, same-sex intimacies, the political economy of sex, equality and media representations of gender

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Leanne Hinves leanne.hinves@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies