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Why has Land been such a Longstanding Focus of Kenyan Politics?

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Kathryn Bullman

Abstract

The 'land issue' has dominated Kenyan politics since the beginning of the twentieth century, At the root of this contest for geographical space lies a battle over the definition of freedom, rights and development between opposing interest groups. Kenya's unique history within Eastern Africa has been formative to its relationship with land. This essay will aim to bring synthesis to analysis of the Kenyan 'land issue', arguing that its pervasiveness has primarily been a result of the historic position which land holds within the Kenyan imagination. Land has been the primary arena in which powerful social and economic discourses have been negotiated, bringing with it inherent contestation and a struggle for authority, control and domination.
How to Cite: Bullman, K., 2020. Why has Land been such a Longstanding Focus of Kenyan Politics?. Knowles Review of Economic History, 1(1), pp.16–28.
Published on 25 Jun 2020.
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