Burying SM
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176 Pages

22.7 x 14.2 cm

12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Burying SM

The Politics of Knowledge and the Sociology of Power

by D.W. Cohen and E.S.Atieno Odhiambo

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The death of S.M. Otieno and the fierce debates and struggle in court about who controlled his remains revealed much about Kenyan society.
Examines the complex sociologies, politics and histories of the debates that arose after the death of Kenyan lawyer S.M.Otieno and the struggle over where his body should be buried. The dispute between his wife and members of Otieno's clan revealed a range of issues as diverse as the meaning of death and the purpose of interment, the standing of statutory and traditional law, the nature of marriage, and the value and power of such constructs as 'modernity', 'tradition', 'Kenyan', 'Luo' and 'home'.

North America: Heinemann
"The authors of this intriguing account offer a chorus of conflicting voices and invite readers to draw their own conclusions." JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES

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9780852556061

September 1992

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Title Details

176 Pages

2.27 x 1.42 cm

12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey