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Peter Pan in Nairobi: Masculinity's Postcolonial City
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2006 (English)In: Nordic Journal of African Studies, Vol. 15, no 3, 380-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is a study of 'hegemonic masculinity' (Connell) as it is represented in the Spear Books series, a subsidiary of East African Educational Publishers, Nairobi. I discuss three intersecting layers of the masculine gender order as reproduced by the series (1970–90): the colonial literary legacy of masculine city 'rambling'; the local (African) specificity of changing gender identities; and the impacts of globalization. The thematic thread I pursue is the proposition about the adult-as-child (Peter Pan) as a brutalizing aspect of 'masculinity in relation' (with man and woman). The masculine order of violence in the city is explained in terms of its colonial past as a segregated city and its postcolonial and international claims for recognition. I talk about a crisis in 'Kenyan men.'

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2006. Vol. 15, no 3, 380-392 p.
Keyword [en]
Nairobi, masculinity, popular press, Spear Books
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-17909OAI: diva2:157582
Available from: 2007-02-01 Created: 2007-02-01 Last updated: 2011-04-01

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