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Sloan Mahone, “Casting out Anger: Stress, Possession, and the Everyday in Taita, Kenya”: This chapter considers Taita, in Kenya’s Coast Province (now Taita-Taveta county), as a case study, presenting a unique snapshot of a more complicated colonial encounter. For a brief period in the 1950s, the isolated Taita Hills attracted the interests of the colonial government, two anthropologists from Cambridge, and a Canadian psychiatrist and amateur photographer. The cross-section of competing claims about Taita “stress” gives us an opportunity to read into everyday Taita life amid a surge of new economic and political pressures, external interference, and strategies of coping and self-reliance. Government observations that cases of insanity and related outbursts of violence were growing out of control prompted a call to experts and an analytical turn toward local and colonial articulations of the pressures of modern life.

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