Ngecha: A Kenyan Village in a Time of Rapid Social Change by Carolyn Pope Edwards, Beatrice Blyth Whiting

By Carolyn Pope Edwards, Beatrice Blyth Whiting

Ngecha is the enormous and intimate learn of modernization and nationalization in rural Africa within the early years following Kenyan independence in 1963, as skilled by way of the folk of Ngecha, a village open air Nairobi. From 1968 to 1973 Ngecha was once a learn web site of the kid improvement examine Unit, a staff that introduced jointly Kenyan and non-Kenyan social scientists less than the management of John Whiting and Beatrice Blyth Whiting.

The learn records how households tailored to altering possibilities and prerequisites as their former colony turned a latest country, and the most important function that ladies performed as brokers of swap as they turned small-scale cash-crop farmers and marketers. moms transformed the tradition in their mom and dad to satisfy the evolving nationwide economic system, and so they participated within the shift from an agrarian to a salary financial system in ways in which remodeled their workloads and perceptions of isolation and individualism inside and among families, thereby hard conventional family-based morals and responsibilities. Their youngsters, in flip, skilled evolving academic practices and fulfillment expectancies. The elders confronted new events in addition to new modes of therapy. finishing this necessary checklist of a country in transition are the long term reassessments of the observations and conclusions of the examine group, and an outline of Ngecha this day as seen through Kenyans who participated within the unique study.

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Two in the Thaara area sold flowers in the Nairobi market, and some families in the Igi area sold vegetables and milk. One successful farmer also received a pension from the East African Power and Light Company, where he had worked as a line repairman for many years. By 1973 two additional Thaara men who had lost their jobs during the five-year study had reverted to trying to depend on farming. One town resident had a lumber store and was able to purchase land adjoining Ngecha and embark on dairy farming.

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