The State and the University Experience in East Africa: Colonial Foundations and Postcolonial Transformations in Kenya
The State and the University Experience in East Africa: Colonial Foundations and Postcolonial Transformations in Kenya
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The State and the University Experience in East Africa: Colonial Foundations and Postcolonial Transformations in Kenya

This book explores the dynamics that have influenced the development of university education in Kenya and the wider East African region in the colonial and postcolonial period. It provides a compelling narrative and analytical history of the policies and politics of university education in the past half-century and more.

The book unravels three major policy trends that have shaped university education in this period beginning with the elitist inter-territorial concept that lasted between 1949 and 1970, when East Africa shared a single university. Second is the transitional period of 1970 to 1978 that was in Kenya marked by intensified competition between the forces that demanded increased university access versus the elitist and conservative bureaucrats who preferred limiting opportunities. Lastly the book focuses on the 1978 to 2002 period, which laid the foundation for university liberalization and intensified expansion.

This study links the higher education discourse with the state-building narrative and conceives university policies as a product of the forces informing the historical trajectory of Kenya in particular and the wider East African region in general.

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This is a very well researched and documented piece of work. The scholarly apparatus used by the author in analyzing the evolution of university education in Kenya during the years outlined is remarkable. The author makes good use of a variety of primary sources including colonial government documents, journal articles, court records and an impressive number of secondary sources.

The flow of the manuscript and the transition from chapter to chapter is excellent, arguments in the respective chapters have been communicated forcefully but accurately, and the author’s writing is direct and completely free of jargon. The author offers a skillful and interesting comparative examination of the university policies of the British colonial, Jomo Kenyatta, and Daniel Moi’s governments, which is eye-opening considering that they were all authoritarian administrations.

This book will be of great interest to scholars of the African continent, some of whom may be inspired to rewrite the story of tertiary education and state formation in other parts of Africa by an equally meticulous examination of original sources as demonstrated in this work.

Weight 544 g
Dimensions 244.48 × 177.8 × 15.875 mm
Weight 544 g
Dimensions 244.48 × 177.8 × 15.875 mm
Format

Paperback

Language

English

Country

Kenya

Year Published

05/07/2018

No. of Pages

237

Author

Michael Mwenda Kithinji

Publisher

Unisa Press

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