Adolescence in Kenya

This bibliography was originally created for the ORIAS Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers, July 25-29, 2011, Absent Voices: Experience of common life in world history. You can browse below or download the PDF. The bibliography is divided into sections covering:

  1. General Social Historical Background Coastal Kenya
  2. Children’s Books on Mekatilili, a Giriama who led a rebellion against the British Colonial Administration in 1913-1914.
  3. Sport and Development
  4. Youth Dilemmas in Kenya

Bibliography to Accompany the Case Study on The Daily Lives of Adolescent Girls in Kilifi, Kenya

Forde, Sarah. 2008. Playing by their rules : coastal teenage girls in kenya on life, love and football. Kilifi  Kenya: Moving the Goalposts. and

Moving the Goalposts website,

General Social Historical Background Coastal Kenya

Ciekawy, Diane. “Land Tenure Reform in Kenya’s Southern Kilifi District, 1955-1987.” Journal of Eastern African Research and Development 18.1 (1988): 164–80. Print.

---. “Policing Religious Practice in Contemporary Coastal Kenya.” PoLAR 20 (1997): 62–62. Print.

---. “Politicians, Party Politics and the Control of Harmful Magic: Witchfinding and Moral Entrepreneurship During the Independence Era in Coastal Kenya.” The power of the occult in modern Africa: continuity and innovation in the renewal of African cosmologies (2006): 126–126. Print.

---. “Human Rights and State Power on the Kenya Coast: A Mijikenda Perspective on Universalism and Relativism.” Humanity & Society 21.2 (1997): 130–147. Web. 5 July 2013.

---. “Witchcraft in Statecraft: Five Technologies of Power in Colonial and Postcolonial Coastal Kenya.” African Studies Review 41.3 (1998): 119–141. Print.

---. “Women’s ‘work’ and the Construction of Witchcraft Accusation in Coastal Kenya.” Women’s Studies International Forum 22.2 (1999): 225–235. ScienceDirect. Web. 5 July 2013.

Githitho, Anthony N. "The Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests of Coastal Kenya and Biodiversity Conservation." In The Importance of Sacred Natural Sites for Biodiversity Conservation. Paris: UNESCO, 2003.

Hoorweg, Jan, D. Foeken, and Robert A. Obudho. Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, Resources and Development in the East African Littoral. Edited by Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Afrika-Studiecentrum. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2000.

Kanyinga, K. Re-Distribution from Above: The Politics of Land Rights and Squatting in Coastal Kenya: Nordic Africa Institute, 2000.

McGivney, James. ""Is She a Wife or a Mother?" Social Order, Respect, and Address in Mijikenda." Language in Society 22, no. 1 (1993): 19-39.

Middleton, John. "The Peoples." In Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, Resources and Development in the East African Littoral, edited by Jan Hoorweg, D. Foeken and Robert A. Obudho, 101-14. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2000.

Spear, Thomas. "Swahili History and Society to 1900: A Classified Bibliography." History in Africa 27 (2000): 339-73.

Spear, Thomas. "The Kaya Complex: A History of the Mijikenda Peoples of the Kenya Coast to 1900." Nairobi: Kenya Literature Bureau (1978).

Wolf, Thomas P. "Contemporary Politics." In Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, Resources and Development in the East African Littoral, edited by Jan Hoorweg, D. Foeken and Robert A. Obudho, 129-56. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2000.

 Children’s Books on Mekatilili

Mugi-Ndua, Elizabeth. Mekatilili Wa Menza. Kenya: Sasa Sema Publications Ltd., 2000. (read online)

Orchardson-Mazrui, Elizabeth. The Adventures of Mekatilili. Kenya: East African Educational Publishers, 2002.

Sport and Development

Boston, Madeline. “Goals, Challenges, and Successes of a     Girls Development Organization in Kenya : A Case Study of Moving The Goal Post (Kilifi, Kenya).” Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection (2012): n. pag.

Godia, George. "Sport in Kenya." In Sport in Asia and Africa: A Comparative Handbook, edited by Eric A. Wagner, 267-81. New York, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Hayhurst, Lyndsay. “‘Governing’ the ‘Girl Effect’ through Sport, Gender and Development? Postcolonial Girlhoods, Constellations of Aid and Global Corporate Social Engagement.” PhD Thesis, University of Toronto. 19 Jan. 2012. .

Hayhurst, Lyndsay MC. “Corporatising Sport, Gender and Development: Postcolonial IR Feminisms, Transnational Private Governance and Global Corporate Social Engagement.” Third World Quarterly 32.3 (2011): 531–549. Taylor&Francis.

Herschman, A., and Sarah Forde. "Tunaweza (Kiswahili: We Can Do It!): Measuring the Impact of Sport on Girls’ Life Skills."

Hognestad, Hans, and Arvid Tollisen. "Playing against Deprivation: Football and Development in Nairobi, Kenya." In Football in Africa: Conflict, Conciliation, and Community, edited by Gary Armstrong and Richard Giulianotti, 210-26. Basingstoke, Hampshire England ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Holte-McKenzie, Merydth, Sarah Forde, and Sally Theobald. "Development of a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy." Evaluation and Program Planning 29, no. 4 (2006): 365-76.

Mathare Youth Sports Association. "Sports: Girls Football." MYSA Website, 2006.

Ngata, Ng’ang’a et al. “Attitudes Toward Cultural Practices and Sport Participation of Adolescent Girls in Kenya.” PhD Thesis, University of Mississippi, 2009 :.

Saavedra, Martha. "Dilemmas and Opportunities in Gender and Sport-in-Development." In Sport and International Development, edited by Roger Levermore and Aaron Beacom. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England Palgrave Macmillan 2009.

Woodcock, Alison, Órla Cronin, and Sarah Forde. “Quantitative Evidence for the Benefits of Moving the Goalposts, a Sport for Development Project in Rural Kenya.” Evaluation and Program Planning 35.3 (2012): 370–381.

Youth Dilemmas

Beckerleg, Susan. 1995. “‘Brown Sugar’ or Friday Prayers: Youth Choices and Community Building in Coastal Kenya.” African Affairs 94 (374) (January): 23-38.

———. 2008. “Khat in East Africa: Taking Women Into or Out of Sex Work?” Substance Use & Misuse 43 (8-9) (January): 1170-1185. doi:10.1080/10826080801914139.

———. 2010. “East African discourses on khat and sex.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 132 (3) (December 1): 600-606. doi:doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2010.08.057.

Duflo, Esther, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer, and Samuel Sinei. 2006. “Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Western Kenya.” SSRN eLibrary (October 1).

Duflo, E Esther, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer. 2011. “Education, HIV, and Early Fertility: Experimental Evidence from Kenya.” Unpublished manuscript, Univ. Calif., Los Angeles.

Mensch, Barbara S., and Cynthia B. Lloyd. 1998. “Gender Differences in the Schooling Experiences of Adolescents in Low-Income Countries: The Case of Kenya.” Studies in Family Planning 29 (2) (June 1): 167-184. doi:10.2307/172157.

Tuesday, T. O. 2006. "The Extent and Effect of Sex Tourism and Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Kenyan Coast."  UNICEF and the Government of Kenya,


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