Thomas Wright

Supervisor: Gerard McCann

Thesis

Thesis

Thesis Title: Cultures of bureaucracy and the normalisation of brutality in Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion, 1952-60

Research

Research

My thesis locates itself on that contention that the banality of colonial bureaucracy begets acts of brutality. Centring on Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion (1952-60), my study assesses how cultures of bureaucracy rationalised and validated acts of cruelty in the name of “rehabilitation”.

Focusing not on the paramilitary perpetrators of violence as is traditional Mau Mau scholarship, my study concerns instead the bureaucratic processes that created coercive structures of domination within the colony.

Crucially, my project uses controversially declassified documents, to reveal administrivia’s role in normalising cultures of violence in Africa.

In so doing, it contributes to today’s emotive debates about Britain’s (post)colonialism.

External Activities

External Activities

Outside of my research I am the Captain of the University of York Men’s Handball team, as well as operating as a coach for the team. I am also involved in fostering community participation and offering pastoral support in my role as a Wentworth College tutor.

Contact details

Thomas Wright
PhD Student
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD