Colonial Inscriptions: Race, Sex, and Class in Kenya by Carolyn Martin Shaw

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Discourse is self-referential and dynamic: the elements of discourse are events (Foucauldian events included materials, technologies, practices, organizations, and attitudes) and functional segments that gradually come together to form a system. Discourse as event is therefore not grounded "in a subject (the author), an originating experience (such as writing or reading), or an activity (discourse conceived as mediation between perception and consciousness, or between consciousness and the world, as in philosophical or scientific theories of language)" (White 1979: 90).

Power must have something to rule over; it creates its own dominion, does not simply impose itself on what is there. Power is manifest in dispositions, tactics, techniques, and functions; it is the outcome of practices that define the dominant and dominated—an outcome related to both the exertion of power and resistance to it. Power must be understood through localized, specific "whats and hows," mechanisms and modalities. Localized and specific mechanisms and modalities, however, affect the entire social/economic/political system.

The other works I rely on heavily are Routledge and Routledge (1910) and Cagnolo (1933). Routledge and Routledge, a husband and wife team, give us one of the oldest volumes on the Kikuyu. They were interested in the progress of "man," the expansion of knowledge, and the expansion of the British empire. Their volume, dedicated to one of the fathers of anthropology, Edward B. Tylor, takes 29 The Production of Women up the challenge of the new field of anthropology to report on information "collected from a more purely scientific point of view" (1910: xviii).

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