Diverse identities find platform in the World Cup

What you need to know:

  • Five years ago, the brilliant Dutch anthropologist, Peter Geschiere, published his great book, The Perils of Belonging.  In that book, Geschiere explores the relationship between globalisation and the emergence of local exclusionary identities. 
  • As Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s visit to the Seychelles this week illustrated, the government is anxious to increase Kenya’s influence in the western Indian Ocean.

Even in this connected age, moments that are genuinely shared across the world are rare, indeed.  But on Thursday night, the world stopped to watch the beginning of the biggest football extravaganza.


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