The nature of decline: distinguishing myth from reality in the case of the Luo of Kenya

  title={The nature of decline: distinguishing myth from reality in the case of the Luo of Kenya},
  author={Lesa B. Morrison},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={117 - 142}
  • Lesa B. Morrison
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
Narrative is an important means of structuring and giving meaning to experience. While the resulting framework is incomplete because human beings choose only particular aspects to remember, narratives often persist and influence behaviour, often to poor effect. Considering this, the example of the Luo of Kenya is a cautionary one, particularly given African neopatrimonial understandings of state and society. Luo lore establishes the group as once elite and now in abject poverty, victim of a… 
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