MISR is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Dr. Lyn Ossome, Senior Research Fellow, Gender, Ethnicity and Violence in Kenya’s Transitions to Democracy: States of Violence, New York, London, Boulder: Lexington Books, 2018.
Gender, Ethnicity and Violence in Kenya’s Transitions to Democracy: States of Violence examines gendered violence in the context of multi-party politics in Kenya, placing it in the historical milieu of colonial rule and its legacies of the ethnicization of both state and society. It offers an extensive account of the ways in which liberal democratic politics have produced violence outcomes for women.
"Lyn Ossome’s beautifully written book is a richly documented, thoroughly researched discussion of the connections between class, ethnicity, and sexual violence in the context of Kenya’s democratization. One of its outstanding features is the use of a historical materialist framework to problematize the ethnicization of laboring women and to account for the production of postcolonial subjects who commit and experience sexual violence. She argues that physical and material violence are key starting points for a feminist inquiry and deeper interrogation of the historical production of violence that persists in the contemporary liberal, democratic, and postcolonial state. In doing so, she presents an unremitting exploration of questions that are usually sidelined in scholarship on democratization."
— Manali Desai, University of Cambridge
Congratulations to Dr Lyn Ossome!