Germans on the Kenyan Coast

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Germans on the Kenyan Coast

Land, Charity, and Romance
Nina Berman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/20/2017
Format: cloth 284 pages, 8 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-02424-4
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Diani, a coastal town on the Indian Ocean, is significantly defined by a large European presence that has spurred economic development and is also supported by close relationships between Kenyans and European immigrants and tourists. Nina Berman looks carefully at the repercussions that these economic and social interactions have brought to life on the Kenyan coast. She explores what happens when poorer and less powerful members of a community are forced to give way to profit-based real estate development, what it means when most of Diani’s schools and water resources are supplied by funds from immigrants, and what the impact of mixed marriages is on notions of kinship and belonging as well as the economy. This unique story about a small Kenyan town also recounts a wider tale of opportunity, oppression, resilience, exploitation, domination, and accommodation in a world of economic, political, and social change.

Author Bio

Nina Berman is Professor of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University Her most recent book publications include German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000–1989 and an edited anthology (with Klaus Mühlhahn and Patrice Nganang), German Colonialism Revisited: African, Asian, and Oceanic Experiences.

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"In this richly detailed book, Nina Berman tracks the influx of thousands of German-speaking tourists and residents, especially in the 1990s, and the making of a distinctive Kenyan-European cultural enclave in the coastal community of Diani as many of these visitors choose to extend their stay as long-term residents." —Ann Biersteker, author of Masomo ya Kisasa: Contemporary Readings in Swahili

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Pwani si Kenya—Pwani ni Kenya—Pwani ni Ujerumani (na Italia na kadhalika):
Multitudinal Coastal Entanglements
2. Land
3. Charity
4. Romance
Epilogue:
Je, Vitaturudia? Will They Return to Us?
Appendix: Maps and Tables
Bibliography
Index