process of linkage is understood here through a particular construction of the concept of 'articulation'. It is this process that determined the patterns of class formation and class struggle, and the recurrent crises of accumulation and legitimation which occurred in a colony.
Second, colonial 'domination' is a much more complex and fragile relationship than is commonly recognized, resting as much on a material foundation of accumulation and class collaboration as the imposition of superior coercive force. The relationship of domination was essential for the process of articulation, yet was repeatedly undermined by the latter's contradictions and crises. From this perspective we can more clearly analyse the pivotal importance, often noted but seldom fully understood, of the colonial prefect or field administrator as the primary agent of the construction and maintenance of the relations of domination.
Third, and more broadly, the colonial state was a set of institutions and practices that both reflected and shaped the contradictions and crises of the political economy in which it was set. Having taken account of this, we can then more clearly understand the colonial state's essentially contradictory roles in the processes of accumulation and legitimation.
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Publication information: Book title: Control & Crisis in Colonial Kenya:The Dialectic of Domination. Contributors: Bruce Berman - Author. Publisher: James Currey. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 9.