Beyond Poverty in Kenya and Vulnerability in Kenya employs a benefecial sociological approach and a rich repertoire of practical everyday examples about real people to delve into the political, social, cultural, economic and psychological worlds of the Kenyan society. It attempts to answer the question: why does poverty remain so pervasive in our society notwithstanding the efforts aimed at addressing it?
The book is a tool of paramount importance for a critical evaluation of the history of Kenya since independence especially as it relates to patrimonialism and its related culture of lootocracy and the unequal distribution of state resources.
Mwangi Mathai has made corruption an important topic that should be addressed if poverty and vulnerability have to be overcome. He notes that corruption has become one of the main reasons why majority of Kenyans continue to wallow in abject poverty.
Contemporary Oral Literature Fieldwork: A Researcher’s Guide is based on rich research experience dating back to the 1990s. The book interrogates and evaluates works by experts in oral literature and also comments from scholars, thus demonstrating respect for scholarship. The book is written against the backdrop of Africa’s apparent confusion with regard to the place of oral literature in the face of literature from the rest of the world, where oral literature exists in conjunction with new literary forms. It argues that the oral and written literatures are complementary literary forms.
Peter Wasamba is Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD degrees in Literature from the University of Nairobi. Wasamba is currently working on a research project on digitization and archiving of African oral genres. He has extensive fieldwork experience in the oral literature of various counties in Kenya.