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A cartography of elections held in Kenya in early 2008, and of the violence that followed them, offers us the nuance to counter certain a priori analyses which tend to associate violence with concepts of ethnicity. Links between ethnic identity and voting patterns, such a cartography shows, are not as clear as some have suggested. In rural areas, there are clearer links between violence in Kenya and land-use issues than “ethnic” antagonisms. In urban areas, on the other hand, there does seem to have been significant congruence between conceptions of ethnic identity and incidences of crime and its attendant violence.

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