Prof.yambo Mauri Onyalo

Prof.yambo Mauri Onyalo

Academic Qualifications:

B.A. (Dar es Salaam) , M.A. (UoN), Ph.D. (Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign)

Areas of Specialization:


Interests :

Sociological Theory, Social Change and Development, Sociology of Knowledge, Disaster Management, Creative Writing.

Extra Responsibilities:

Former Dean, Faculty of Arts. Former Chairman, Department of Sociology

Curriculum Vitae:

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Publications (31 Records)

  • The Mau Water Tower - 2009

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  • Mauri Yambo, "Toward a Theory of the Memetic Sphere," pp. 143-154. - 2005

    This paper proposes a new theory, a theory of the memetic sphere; and outlines its main features, based on library research. In Dawkinsian parlance, memes are ideas, phrases and sentences with a gene-like capacity to replicate. The theory maps the chain-reaction in the form of which this replication becomes what we know as the information explosion, and attempts to show what lies beyond the explosion. No known study has highlighted the similitudes between the memetic sphere and the physical universe. The theory is summarized in an Einsteinian equation, K = nc², to highlight the fact that the memetic sphere is underpinned by certain ‘regularities,’ velocities and ‘laws’. A brief sociological narrative of the evolution of the memetic sphere is included to underscore the wide Space-Time scatter of its origins and milestones. Though the memetic sphere transcends the biosphere, its alphabet mimics the genetic alphabet – with which it shares some regularities. ‘Unlike’ the universe, it is an open system. Like it, it will be increasingly harder to navigate with ‘arithmetical’ innovations; and will have more and more hidden and unreachable ‘places’ – places to reach for.

       Hekima: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 2 Number 2 of February 2005.

  • Mauri Yambo, Television Broadcasting in East Africa: Airtime Allocation to Local and Foreign Programmes, January-March 2002. Nairobi: Development Through Media 139 pp.[Funded by the Finnish Embassy] - 2003

  • Susan Reynolds Whyte, Mauri Yambo, Jens Vestgaard, Kim F. Michaelsen and Bo Vagnby, Family Life Training Programme-Kenya: Evaluation Report. (Copenhagen: DANIDA, March 1989). 93 pp. - 1998

  • Patrick O. Alila (Team Leader), Collette Suda, Mauri Yambo, Jacqueline Adhiambo-Oduol, Alice Ligunya and Michael Hopkins, Sixth Country Programme Evaluation Report. Nairobi: Government of Kenya and UNDP, May 1997. 72pp. - 1997

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