The Gusii of Kenya
The Gusii of Kenya: Social, Economic, Cultural, Political & Judicial Perspectives
provides in-depth topical insights of the Gusii (also known as the Kisii) of Kenya. The
book captures historical aspects of the Gusii and how they ended up occupying their
present lands. It enunciates the group’s cultural, political and economic organization
that are core to the group’s identify and overall survival. Reading the book would
provide understanding of some noticeable elements of these perspectives that persist
to date. Cultural aspects such as the rites of passage and weddings, part of core identity
elements of a people, are well articulated. Social organization, starting at the
homestead to clan to community level, was intricately woven to form a coherence whole
that defined the Gusii. Indeed, this also formed a basis of core elements of code of
conduct (chinsoni) and justice as traditionally administered.
The book also raises a number of questions regarding the core character of the Gusii
such as lack of central authority and the implications this has had on the community
over time. One can only speculate the trajectory of history that would have been had the
Gusii organized themselves differently.