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Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival
A History of Dissent, c.1935–1972

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107636965

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  • Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival shows how, in the era of African political independence, cosmopolitan Christian converts struggled with east Africa's patriots over the definition of culture and community. The book traces the history of the East African Revival, an evangelical movement that spread through much of eastern and central Africa. Its converts offered a subversive reading of culture, disavowing their compatriots and disregarding their obligations to kin. They earned the ire of east Africa's patriots, who worked to root people in place as inheritors of ancestral wisdom. This book casts religious conversion in a new light: not as an inward reorientation of belief, but as a political action that opened up novel paths of self-narration and unsettled the inventions of tradition.

    • First book to take on East Africa as an integrated theatre of political action
    • Re-conceptualizes religious conversion as an act of political dissent
    • Offers a new framework for analyzing African literature
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    Prizes

    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2013 African Studies Association Melville J. Herskovits Award
    • Winner (in Hardback) of the 2013 Martin A. Klein Prize in African History, American Historical Association

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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107636965
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    1. Introduction: the pilgrims' politics
    2. The infrastructure of cosmopolitanism
    3. Religious movements in southern Uganda
    4. Civil society in Buganda
    5. Taking stock: conversion and accountancy in Bugufi
    6. Patriotism and dissent in western Kenya
    7. The politics of moral reform in northwestern Tanganyika
    8. Subjects of the law: conversion and court procedure
    9. Casting characters: autobiography and political argument in central Kenya
    10. Confession, slander, and civic virtue in Mau Mau detention camps
    11. Contests of time in western Uganda
    Conclusion: pilgrims and patriots in contemporary East Africa
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Derek R. Peterson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Derek R. Peterson teaches African history at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Creative Writing: Translation, Bookkeeping, and the Work of Imagination in Colonial Kenya and the editor of several books, including Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa and Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa and the Atlantic. Peterson is a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern History and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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