Autochthony and “Family”: The Politics of Kinship in White Kenyan Bids to Belong

  title={Autochthony and “Family”: The Politics of Kinship in White Kenyan Bids to Belong},
  author={J. Mcintosh},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={251 - 280}
  • J. Mcintosh
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Anthropological Quarterly
  • For white Kenyans descended from colonial settlers, the question of how to establish their right to belong in Kenya provokes considerable anxiety. Some whites attempt to suture themselves to Kenya through kinship narratives that reach backward in time, as well as laterally across races. Whites’ relationship to colonial ancestors indexes a bloodline on Kenyan soil, a version of autochthony that some hope will establish entitlement to land or broader legitimacy as cultural citizens. Many also… CONTINUE READING
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