-This is adapted from a project description/proposal I wrote last semester as I began to work on this topic.-
Broadly, this paper seeks to understand post-colonial relationships as well as globalization in the context of Kenya. The case study or example to be used from Kenya is that of widow inheritance. In a previous paper, I discussed how the cultural practice of widow inheritance has significantly changed in recent years. In that paper, I identified the causes of changes to widow inheritance to be HIV/AIDS, Westernization, and economic issues. This paper then seeks to further examine the changes of widow inheritance and associated processes on a more critical level by investigating the following questions:
1. How can we debunk the myth that globalization is a top-down, outside-in process? What is a bottom-up view of globalization in Kenya's case?
2. How can we look deeper into the discourse surrounding widow inheritance - beyond the façade of HIV/AIDS to underlying discourses of neocolonialism and paternalism? What does this then tell us about how certain issues are considered important?
3. Lastly, what can this imply for us about a feminist code of ethics?
I plan to use a number of sources, including my own past research and writing on widow inheritance and transnational feminist ethics; theoretical feminist writings on globalization and post-colonial thought; and Kenyan newspaper articles discussing globalization and western influences.