Wangari Maathai: Registers of Freedom

Author:   Grace A. Musila
Publisher:   HSRC Press
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Pages:   384
Publication Date:   30 November 2019
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Wangari Maathai was a scholar, writer, environmental activist, human rights champion, and Nobel Prize laureate. In her life and thought, she tenaciously sought to expose the precarious lives of people across a variety of communities: women, rural communities, political prisoners, Kenyans, Africans, and citizens of the global South saddled with the burdens of international debt. She also intervened practically to dismantle the forces that limit people's access to a dignified life. Wangari Maathai is, without a doubt, a worthy and relevant subject for the latest addition to the series, Voices of Liberation. She was committed to service and felt strongly about the principle of servant leadership, a timely and urgent issue not only for sub-Saharan Africa but, indeed, for the world. Wangari Maathai: Registers of Freedom explores the multiple legacies of her life and offers readers a glimpse into the life and thought of one of the 20th century's most remarkable woman.

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Author:   Grace A. Musila
Publisher:   HSRC Press
Imprint:   HSRC Press
ISBN:  

9780796925749


ISBN 10:   0796925747
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   30 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
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Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations and acronyms Timeline of the life of Wangari Maathai HER LIFE Introduction Early life: Under the Mugumo tree National Council of Women of Kenya Electoral politics Countering colonial cultures of nature Green Belt Movement Defending Uhuru Park and Karura Forest Release Political Prisoners Parliament and beyond 2004 Nobel Prize for Peace Conclusion: Planting sustainable futures HER VOICE Beginnings Foresters without diplomas The Power of the Tree Environment and Development Pillars of Good Governance: The Three-Legged Stool The Commitment to Service Moving the Social Machine Nobel Prize Speech Rise up and Walk! The Third Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, 19 July 2005 HER LEGACY Can the Earth be belted? Kenya's green belt Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor Stranger in the ecovillage Wangari Maathai was not a good woman Conclusion Bibliography About the author Index

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Grace A Musila is an associate professor at the Department of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is the author of A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder, and co-editor of Rethinking Eastern African Intellectual Landscapes. She writes on East and Southern African literatures and popular culture, with a keen interest on how gender inflects both lived experience and knowledge production in Africa. In this regard, Wangari Maathai is a figure of great interest for Musila, owing to her rich life and thoughts on the intersections between gender, natural resources and state power in Africa, and how they determine the scope of freedom available to women, children and vulnerable communities.

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