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Title:Commitment issues: security and belonging in a white Kenyan household
Author:Fox, Graham
Year:2014
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:48
Issue:2
Pages:353-372
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Whites
colonialism
group identity
human security
communities
social status
citizenship
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2014.953557
Abstract:Once the archetype of romantic colonialism, white Kenyans with personal or familial ties to colonialism face a multitude of challenges with respect to their history and political status. In this article, the author examines how discourses related to whites 'belonging' in Kenya have constellated around the issue of security, especially in Nairobi, where crime (and recently, terrorism) makes security a potent and political topic. Of particular importance is the staff that white Kenyans employ in their homes. In contexts where African neighbours are predominantly impoverished, he emphasizes employer-employee relationships as a key performance of commitment to the Kenyan community. As amendments to the Kenyan constitution have brought forth new issues related to citizenship and 'commitment' by white Kenyan citizens, he also proffers that domestic projects of securitization help to establish their investment or commitment to Kenya, constituting both a grounded and discursive defence against crime or political antagonism. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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