Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

byOpolot Okia

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This book describes the growth and development of communal forced labor in Kenya from 1912-1930.  During the early period in Kenya's colonial history the British administration employed various forms of forced labor to make Africans work on the building of infrastructure, like roads and bridges, and also for European settlers on their plantations. This type of forced labor was defined and justified as a continuation of traditional duties that Africans would normally owe to their chiefs.  Under communal labor, the state in Kenya exploited African labor in ways that often contradicted its traditional mandate. Previous studies of forced labor in colonial Kenya have tended to describe communal labor as milder form of coercion.  This book offers a fresh interpretation by exploring the negative impacts of communal labor and the various African reactions to this coercive labor regime.

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This book describes the growth and development of communal forced labor in Kenya from 1912-1930.  During the early period in Kenya's colonial history the British administration employed various forms of forced labor to make Africans work on the building of infrastructure, like roads and bridges, and also for European settlers on their ...

Opolot Okia is an assistant professor of African History at Wright State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:194 pages, 8.84 × 5.71 × 0.64 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230392954

ISBN - 13:9780230392953

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Table of Contents

Werengeka's Anxiety
Forced Labor and Colonial Development in Africa
The Juridical Foundation of Government Forced Labor
'Making the Lazy Nigger Work:' European Settlers, the State and Forced Labor, 1895-1919
The Northey Forced Labor Crisis, 1919-1921
Interlude: Forced Labor Bounded, 1921-1925
Normalizing Force: Archdeacon Walter Owen and the Issue of Communal Labor, 1920-1930