Book Announcement: Burning Ambition: Education, Arson, and Learning Justice in Kenya

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H-Africa Network members might be interested in a new book from University of Wisconsin Press.

Burning Ambition: Education, Arson, and Learning Justice, by Elizabeth Cooper, explores how young people learn to understand and influence the workings of power and justice in their society. Since 2008, hundreds of secondary schools across Kenya have been targeted with fire by their students. Through an in-depth study of Kenyan secondary students’ use of arson, Elizabeth Cooper asks why. With insightful ethnographic analysis, she shows that these young students deploy arson as moral punishment for perceived injustices and arson proves an effective tactic in their politics from below.

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The book will be launched in Nairobi on October 5, 2022. Event info at: