Facing Mount Kenya; the Tribal Life of Gikuyu Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What qualities does Kenyatta exhibit in his book that are rare among students of social science?

Mr. Kenyatta is outspoken and honest and recognizes the dangers of his own bias. He looks at things both from a tribal point of view and from that of Western civilization. He is objective and doesn't let passion or feelings interfere with his writing of the book.

2. What enabled Kenyatta to write an ethnography of the Gikuyu tribe?

Kenyatta was an active member of the Gikuyu tribe and had become acquainted with administrative and economic issues of East African policy. He was also a student in Malinkowski's discussion class at the London School of Economics.

3. What does Malinkowski maintain would be a good enough reason for the book?

Malinkowski writes that the book would be rendering a great service, even if it does nothing more than help us understand how Africans see through our pretenses and how they assess the realities of the Dual Mandate.

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