New Book – Beyond Agency, Voice and Space in Africa’s Development

Beyond Agency, Voice and Space in Africa’s Development

Beyond Agency Cover

This book Beyond Agency, Voice and Space in Africa’s Development fills a conceptual, theoretical and research void on these triple concepts of agency, voice and space in various debates and scholarship on Africa.  Agency, voice and space have dominated discourses on development in Africa and beyond for quite some time now. Scholars are beginning to talk about the size and power of agency. They are beginning to question the forces and faces behind agency. They want to know legitimacy and representation of agency. Others are beginning to ask the level of vocalization of voice – how loud the voice is, and from where, are important, as well as familiarity. They are asking what we should do with voices that are unfamiliar, muted or silenced. They are beginning to compare voices in terms of platforms and representation. They have started to discuss voices that are aided with technology and those without, with access to media and those without. Scholars are also beginning to look at the quality of space and power relations in those spaces. They are beginning to raise questions on hierarchies and the mistake of homogenization of space. For example, although there are two men in the same space in the sitting room, owner and houseboy, we know who should be calling shots and sitting on the most comfortable chair due to power relations. Although there are two people in the kitchen, the owner and house girl, there is one who determines what should be cooked, when and how. These are the issues that chapters in this book grapple with.

Table of Contents


Dedication                                                                                                                              ii

Copyright                                                                                                                                iii

Acknowledgement                                                                                                                  iv



Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi                                                                                                 1


Chapter 1

Female Agency and the Configuration of Public ‘Space’ in Kenya: The Case of Female Entrepreneurs in Nairobi

By Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi                                                                                            5


Chapter 2

Entrepreneurship Traits in the Developing and the Developed World

By Kofi Bediako and Alberto Rubio-Sanchez                                                                       24


Chapter 3

Cohabiting women in abusive relationships and implications for social work practice: the case of Kabale Municipality, Kabale District, Uganda

By Tumwebaze Joshua                                                                                                           33


Chapter 4

Land use planning and rural development: Integrated or disintegrated. Case of Kabale district

By Gilbert Kansiime Arinaitwe, Diane Kyobutungi Karukwitsya and Frankline Higenyi    52


Chapter 5

The Cooperative Movement and Savings Societies in Africa: Focus on Uganda

By Mugisha John Steve                                                                                                          66


Chapter 6

Role of performance planning on strategy implementation in commercial state corporations in Kenya

By James Muriuki, Mike Iravo, Kabare Karanja                                                                     85


Chapter 7

Effect of friendship status on primary school pupils’ attitude towards schooling and academic achievement in Oyo state, Nigeria

By Amosun Moses Dele                                                                                                         98


Chapter 8

Cultural diversity and cultural changes: The past and present of Ankole marriages and families

By Gilbert Kansiime Arinaitwe and Diane Karukwitsya Kyobutungi                                   105




Chapter 9

Economic Rationality-based Entrepreneurial vs. Employee Orientations by Entropy, Updating and Error Rates Computing: Evidence of Kenyan Credit Unions

By Stanley K. Kirika, Willy Muturi and Anthony Waititu                                                    115


Chapter 10

Imperatives of Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Development

By D. O. Fakeye, K. O. Ogunyemi ,  O. O. Olagbaju and Demilade Fadele                         125


Chapter 11

Socio-Cultural Factors Contributing to the Spread of HIV and AIDs in Homa Bay County, Kenya

By Edwine Jeremiah Otieno and Michael Tedd Okuku                                                         135


Chapter 12

Role Of Media In Devolved Governance: Kenya’s Perspective

By Nicholas Anyuor                                                                                                               148


Chapter 13

Design of Solar Energy Street Lighting System in Institutions of Higher Learning

By Abel N. Mayaka, L. M. H. Ngoo, E. K. Kipyegon, P. M. Kitavi, D. Mulecha                159


Chapter 14

Polio Eradication and Conflicting Participation in the Quest for Change: The Shere Project

By Esther Akumbo Nyam, John Mugubi and John S.E. Illah                                                170


Chapter 15

Effect of Conflicts on Productivity in Private Secondary Schools in Bungoma County, Kenya

By Kukali, N. Anne                                                                                                                182


Chapter 16

Effect of Motivation on Performance of private Primary School Teachers in Machakos County, Kenya

By Annastaciah Kiloko Nzau and Phillip Wambua                                                                196


Chapter 17

Christian Surrenderism and Political Attitude:  A Behavioural Examination of the Impacts of Selected Bible Verses on Corruption in Nigeria

By Eesuola Olukayode Segun                                                                                                            212


Chapter 18

Optimization of location and size of new distributed generations in a distribution network with existing optimally distributed generations

By J. M. Karanja, Livingstone M. H. Ngoo and C.M. Muriithi                                             223





Chapter 19

Climate Change, People’s Livelihoods and Survival Mechanisms in Rubanda District, South Western Uganda

By Gastone Habarugaba                                                                                                         239


Chapter 20

The impact of African indigenous languages on development:

The Kenyan case

By Lilian A. Ochieng                                                                                                              252


Chapter 21

Mapping out the Historical Role of Food in Conflict Resolution: An African Perspective 1994 – 2000

By Amiara, Solomon Amiara and Onu, Amarachi Favour                                                     262


Chapter 22

Indigenous Knowledge (IK), Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs & SDGs) and Sustainable Development in Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Recommendations

By Olaopa Olawale R, Eegunranti Benjamin Adekunle and Victor Ojakorotu                     270


Chapter 23

The Role of Art and Design in Visual Communication

By Wagah Mical Ongachi                                                                                                       281


Chapter 24

Drivers of land tenure changes within pastoral communities of Ngong Division, Kenya

By Kinyenze Jonathan Mumo and Irungu Charity                                                                 296


Chapter 25

Education in Africa: The School as an Agent of Gender Stereotyping

By Winnet Chindedza                                                                                                                        306


Chapter 26

Financing higher education in Kenya: challenges and opportunities

By Elizabeth Ngumbi, Dorcas W. Wambugu, Sarah Khamala, Rose Otieno, Jane Kabarau and  Daniel Makori                                                                                                                             313

Chapter 27

Special Gendered Spaces in Rural Western Kenya and how they shape Societal Development Discourses

By Linnet Hamasi                                                                                                                   323

Chapter 28

Matching Principal’s Role with Teachers’ Training Needs for Improved Academic Achievement in Secondary Schools in Kitui County, Kenya

By Justina Syonthi Ndaita                                                                                                      332


Chapter 29

Ensuring Sustainable Development through Good National Planning: An Assessment of Nigeria

By Adagba Okpaga and Terkula Gaavson                                                                             343

Chapter 30

Climate change and food security in Africa

By Okioma M. Moraa                                                                                                             354



About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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2 Responses to New Book – Beyond Agency, Voice and Space in Africa’s Development

  1. Kukali A. N says:

    I love this, thanks prof for developing us in the world of academia. peer review helps us to grow in article writing skills. Be blessed always

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