Political Clashes Put Focus on Kenya's Tribes As Kenya remains embroiled in violent disputes over President Mwai Kibaki's re-election, there have been frequent references to tribal allegiances playing a role in the unrest. Guests discuss what a "tribe" is and why some people take issue with using the word in the 21st century.
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Political Clashes Put Focus on Kenya's Tribes

Political Clashes Put Focus on Kenya's Tribes

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As Kenya remains embroiled in violent disputes over President Mwai Kibaki's re-election, there have been frequent references to tribal allegiances playing a role in the unrest. Guests discuss what a "tribe" is and why some people take issue with using the word in the 21st century.

Guests:

Caroline Elkins, author of Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya; associate professor of African studies at Harvard University

Ali A. Mazrui, chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi; director of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, author of Wizard of the Crow; professor of English and comparative literature and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine