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Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya

The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912–1930

Authors: Okia, O.

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About this book

This project examines the development of forced labor in colonial Kenya from 1912 to 1930 and the parallel normalization of communal forced labor during this time period. The colonial reinvention of traditional unpaid labor was, as the noted historian of Kenya, Robert Maxon, has stated, 'based upon a completely fallacious view of the traditional history of Kenya's people.' Even among certain ethnic groups with a nebulous tradition of communal or collective labor, the labor requirements under communal labor were frequently distorted to the point were coerced labor no longer resembled its community based origins. State manipulation of these communal obligations was, in fact, part of a more general phenomenon in Africa. Europeans in Africa made use of invented tradition to both co-opt and ideologically solidify certain Africans into positions of leadership, like chiefs, and to also redefine relationships between Europeans and Africans. Seen by the state as merely an extension of tribal duties and resurrected as another phantom of customary law, communal labor was not actually exploitation but a form of relearning. In the case of communal labor, the British in Kenya used the Native Authority Ordinance to 'invent' traditional powers that galvanized the authority of chiefs to call out the labor. Conversely, chiefs also took advantage of these 'traditional' mandates to enhance their own status.

About the authors

Opolot Okia is an Assistant Professor of History at Wright State University.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Okia, Opolot

    Pages 1-8

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  • Forced Labor and Colonial Development in Africa

    Okia, Opolot

    Pages 9-22

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  • The Juridical Foundation of Government Forced Labor, 1902–1912

    Okia, Opolot

    Pages 23-36

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  • “Making the Lazy Nigger Work”

    Okia, Opolot

    Pages 37-62

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  • The Northey Forced Labor Crisis, 1919–1921

    Okia, Opolot

    Pages 63-79

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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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