ISBN 9789966702067
Pages 156
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2019
Publisher Syokimau Cultural Centre, Kenya
Format Paperback

Fundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict

Explaining the Root Causes of Ethnic and Racial Hate

by Muli wa Kyendo

This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.

Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans – like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.

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About the Author

Muli wa Kyendo

Muli wa Kyendo is an author and the founder of Syokimau Cultural Centre, a non-profit organization which promotes culture, research and writing as a conservation method. The Centre's project, the Syokimau Cultural Center and Museum is a UNESCO World Decade for Cultural Development activity. His early books include Whispers and The Surface Beneath (Longman). He has also written and published children story books and plays. The play, The Woman of Nzaui was performed to great media acclaim.