Elders and ‘Frauds’: Commodified Expertise and Politicized Authenticity Among Mijikenda

@article{Mcintosh2009EldersA,
  title={Elders and ‘Frauds’: Commodified Expertise and Politicized Authenticity Among Mijikenda},
  author={J. Mcintosh},
  journal={Africa},
  year={2009},
  volume={79},
  pages={35 - 52}
}
  • J. Mcintosh
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Africa
  • Among Mijikenda of the Kenya coast, the male Kaya elders (azhere a Kaya) – custodians of sacred spaces and customary knowledge – traditionally undergo years of secretive ritual training and tribulation in order to accrue both expertise and seniority. Over the past few years, however, a series of scandals have fragmented this group, casting them into the national spotlight while fomenting debates about the nature of elders’ expertise. In the ethnically fraught context of Kenyan politics… CONTINUE READING
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