Control & Crisis in Colonial Kenya: The Dialectic of Domination

By Bruce Berman | Go to book overview

Four
The State and the Settlers
The Political Economy of Survival 1918-39

The interwar decades brought important developments in the colonial state in Kenya. At first glance, these are marked by two striking paradoxes. First, there was a consolidation of a particularly coercive state apparatus operated by an intensely paternalistic Provincial Administration. Second, the period saw a simultaneous growth of the state apparatus under the growing pressure and influence of settler interests and the failure of the settlers actually to gain effective control of the state. A closer examination, however, reveals that these paradoxes express the working out of two more of the characteristics of the state noted earlier: the constant tendency to expand its intervention into the political economy of the colony, and the simultaneous limits on its capacity to act as an instrument of class interest.

Except for a brief interval of apparent prosperity between 1923 and 1929, the period was dominated by two major sequences of crises. In each, change and upheaval in the international capitalist economy generated major crises within the sphere of settler estate production. As the state moved to defend and sustain the settler sphere, it undermined its effective legitimacy and control in African areas. New forms of African resistance and struggle appeared, to which the state responded both with increasing coercion and with efforts to reforge the local 'concordats of coexistence'.

In the first crisis the sequence of events was more sharply drawn and compressed, following the brief postwar economic boom and collapse of 1919-22, as the capitalist metropoles attempted to restore previous patterns of production and international trade. With the African reserves drained of manpower and ravaged by disease, and with the prewar patterns of developing peasant commodity production severely disrupted, official efforts at economic recovery focused on the extension of white settlement and the rapid restoration and expansion of settler export production. The sharp economic oscillations of the period

-128-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Control & Crisis in Colonial Kenya: The Dialectic of Domination
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 480

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.