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Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya

The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912–1930

Authors: Okia, O.

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This book advances research into the government-forced labor used widely in colonial Kenya from 1930 to 1963 after the passage of the International Labor Organization’s Forced Labour Convention. While the 1930 Convention intended to mark the suppression of forced labor practices, various exemptions meant that many coercive labor practices continued in colonial territories. Focusing on East Africa and the Kenya Colony, this book shows how the colonial administration was able to exploit the exemption clause for communal labor, thus ensuring the mobilization of African labor for infrastructure development. As an exemption, communal labor was not defined as forced labor but instead justified as a continuation of traditional African and community labor practices. Despite this ideological justification, the book shows that communal labour was indeed an intensification of coercive labor practices and one that penalized Africans for non-compliance with fines or imprisonment. The use of forced labor before and after the passage of the Convention is examined, with a focus on its use during World War II as well as in efforts to combat soil erosion in the rural African reserve areas in Kenya. The exploitation of female labor, the Mau Mau war of the 1950s, civilian protests, and the regeneration of communal labor as harambee after independence are also discussed. 

 

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Opolot Okia is Professor of African History at Wright State University, USA. He is the author of Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and was previously a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University in Uganda and Moi University in Kenya.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya
Book Subtitle
The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912–1930
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Opolot Okia
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-39296-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230392960
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-39295-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35215-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 186
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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