Battered wives and broken homes
The colonial family
in Madness and marginality
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This chapter constructs a social history of settler Kenya through the prism of the colonial family. Embedding the lives of the mentally ill within a critical account of the family and the home in settler culture, the chapter aims to place one of the most powerful symbols of the settler colony in new relief. The chapter also adds depth and texture to the intersecting themes of gender and class that in Kenya underpinned the myth of a ‘European race’.

Madness and marginality

The lives of Kenya’s White insane

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