Ethnicity in Kenya: A Philosophical Perspective



This book examines the underlying factors behind negative ethnicity in Kenya and how these factors have become detrimental to nation-building. More so, in order to solve negative ethnicity in this period of social-turbulence and change, reference is made to Plato’s allegory of the cave. The historical, critical- analytical, phenomenological, speculative and holistic analyses are objectively used to critically examine the factors contributing to negative ethnicity. This book adds value to the pool of knowledge on the problem of negative ethnicity. It also gives a different interpretation of negative ethnicity with the aim of liberating many from myopic mindsets in this period of social-turbulence and change in Kenya. This book is a relevant source of information for scholars working in the field of ethnicity and the issues that emanates from its manipulation of politics or governance of Kenya.

Isaiah K. Kirui’s work brings to the fore the menace of negative ethnicity. This book is a welcome addition to the social phenomenon that has been entrenched in the society. I commend his attempt to bring the society “out of the cave” [Dr. Ochieng Lukes Ahaya, PhD; Social Science Education Department, Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology, Kenya].

This book deserves the attention of the general reader of contemporary social matters that plague Africa. The author is to be commended for attempting to grapple with the hydra-headed social phenomenon dubbed, ‘negative ethnicity’ [Prof. Cletus N. Chukwu; Professor of Philosophy, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya].

Isaiah Kiplangat Kirui is currently the Principal Clerk Assistant at Bomet County Assembly, a position he has held since October 2013. He is the head of Committee Services Department which is one of the core departments in the assembly that is directly responsible for three of the mandates of the assembly: Representation, Oversight and Legislation. He is a graduate of Master of Philosophy in Philosophy from Moi University and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Urbaniana University. He has studied extensively on the subject of ethnicity in Africa and particularly in Kenya where there has been clear manifestation of the effects of negative ethnicity. He has also been a part-time lecturer in Moi University for over five years. When not at the assembly, he spends time with his wife Veronica and their two children Abigael and Tabitha.


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