Control and Crisis in Colonial Kenya by Bruce Berman

By Bruce Berman

Professor Berman argues that the colonial kingdom was once formed via the contradictions among conserving powerful political keep watch over with constrained coercive strength and making sure the ecocnomic articulation of metropolitan and settler capitalism with African societies. North the USA: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP

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To do so required not only critical analysis of the specific inadequacies of structuralist concepts, but also consideration of the relationship between theory and real historical experience, and reconstruction of the conceptual basis for the analysis of the colonial state, the introduction of capitalism into Africa and its linkage with indigenous social forms. These matters must be briefly recounted here to establish the theoretical basis for the ordering of the evidence on colonial Kenya in the chapters that follow.

13 Furthermore, structuralist analysis is also prey to a 'water over the dam' approach to class struggle if the state always acts to ensure the reproduction of capitalism, class struggle only has an effect in the 'last instance' of revolution. Its possible effects throughout the historical development of capitalist society are not and, indeed, cannot be considered in the structuralist model. Fifth, as should be clear by now, explanation of any aspect of society by its 'function' says nothing about its origins or development, making structuralism singularly inappropriate for dealing with history.

And yet for a third or more of the human race in Africa, Asia and numerous outposts in Latin America, the Caribbean and across the Pacific it represented until the mid-20th century the central reality of political life and the most visible expression of Western imperialism. Nevertheless, despite growing interest in the political economy of colonialism, the development and functioning of these states, the mode of domination they exercised, and their role in the global system of capitalism remains little examined or understood.

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