Workers’ Settlements: In Search of Order

  • Gerda Kuiper


This chapter describes the workers’ settlements in Naivasha, which were mostly not planned for by the cut flower farms or the local government. The chaotic settlements—sometimes described as “slums”—do not reflect the social order associated with “modern” capitalist agro-industry. The question of who is responsible for improving living conditions in these settlements has been highly contested. The chapter investigates how and why these settlements took the shape they currently have and interrogates their presumed disorder. It draws attention to the role of flower farm policies in the constitution of the settlements and to residents’ own agency in shaping their living space.


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  • Gerda Kuiper
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  1. 1.Global South Studies CentreUniversity of CologneKölnGermany

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