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The Intellectual Lives of Mau Mau Detainees

Derek R. Peterson
The Journal of African History
Vol. 49, No. 1 (2008), pp. 73-91
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40206614
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

This article illuminates the creative intellectual and social projects in which Mau Mau detainees were engaged. It draws on the private papers of Gakaara wa Wanjau, a Gikuyu writer who during his eight years of detention composed several plays, wrote ethnography and poetry, and carried on an extensive correspondence with his family. Gakaara and other detainees were doing more than defending a Mau Mau ideology. They were opening up new ways of doing Gikuyu culture, holding wives and children accountable, and representing themselves to a British public that could, they hoped, be brought round to their side.

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