Perspectives on Africa. A Reader in Culture, History and Representation. 2nd Edition. Global Perspectives

  • ID: 2245978
  • Book
  • Region: Global, Africa
  • 708 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The second edition of the popular readerPerspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation offers valuable new chapters showing the progress and continuity in the field of African studies.  Forty five articles illustrate the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and culture over the past several decades, and show how profoundly the ethnography of Africa has influenced the direction and development of anthropological and social theory.  This new edition offers 14 new selections as well as two entirely new sections, Conflict and Violent Transformations and Development, Governance, and Globalization, in which the authors reveal processes that have had a vital influence on the historical trajectory and the daily experience of African people in the modern world.

Selections include distinguished anthropologists, historians, philosophers, and Africanists.  Collectively they show the multiplicity of voices in African studies, and reveal the interpenetration of ideas and concepts within and across disciplines, regions, and historical periods.

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I. Representation and Discourse

1. Jean and John Comaroff
1991. Africa Observed: Discourses of the Imperial Imagination

2. Cheikh Anta Diop
1974. The Meaning of Our Work,

3. Kwame Anthony Appiah
1993. Europe Upside Down: Fallacies of the New Afrocentrism

4. V.Y. Mudimbe
1988. Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness,

II. From Tribe to Ethnicity: Kinship and Social Organization

5. Evans–Pritchard, E.E. The Nuer: Time and Space

6. Southall, Aidan W. The Illusion of Tribe

7. Vail, Leroy. Ethnicity in Southern African History

III. Economics as a Cultural System

8. Douglas, M. Lele Economy Compared with the Bushong

9. Coquery–Vidrovitch, C. Research on an African  Mode of Production

10. Hutchinson, S. The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls among the Nuer, cf. Smith

IV. Hunter–Gatherers in Africa

11. Turnbull, C. M. The Lesson of the Pygmies

12. Grinker, R.R. Houses in the Rainforest

13. Wilmsen, E. Land Filled with Flies

14. Solway, J. S. and R. B. Lee. Foragers, Genuine or Spurious?

V. Witchcraft, Science and Rationality

15. Livingstone, D. Conversations on Rain–making

16. Evans–Pritchard, E.E. The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events

17. Winch, P. Understanding a Primitive Society

18. Austen, Ralph A
1993. The Moral Economy of Witchcraft.

VI. Ancestors, Gods, and the Philosophy of Religion

19. Griaule, M. Conversations with Ogotommeli

20. Houtondji, P. J. African Philosophy, Myth and Reality

21. Kopytoff, I. ancestors as Elders in Africa, cf. Lubkemann, West

VII. Arts, Aesthetics, and Heritage

22. Simon Ottenberg
1972. Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among the Afikpo Igbo,

23. Olu Oguibe
1999. Art, Identity, Boundaries: Postmodernism and Contemporary African Art,

24. Kelly M. Askew.  As Plato Duly Warned: Music, Politics and Social Change in Costal East Africa

25. Bayo Hosley. In Place of Slavery: Fashioning Coastal Identity.

VIII.Sex and Gender Studies in Africa

26. Boserup, E. The Economics of Polygamy

27. Van Allen, J. Sitting on a Man

28. LeClerc, S. Virginity Testing: Managing Sexuality in a Maturing HIV/AIDS Epidemic

IX. Europe in Africa: Colonization

29. Lugard, F.D. The Dual Mandate

30.Rodney, W. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

31. Ranger, T. The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa

32. Ngugi, W. T. Detained: A Writer s Prison Diary

X. Nations and Nationalism

33.Senghor, L. S. Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century

34. Fanon, F. On National Culture

35. Berman, B. Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Modernity: The Paradox of Mau Mau  

36. Steiner, C.B. The Invisible Face: Masks, Ethnicity, and the State in Cote d Ivoire

XI. Violent Transformations: Conflict and Displacement

37. Gluckman, Max. Order and Rebellion in Tribal Africa

38. Richards, P. "Fighting for the Rainforest"

39. Taylor, C. Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994

40. Lubkemann, S. Where to be an Ancestor

XII. Development, Governance and Globalization

41. Ferguson, J. Expectations of Modernity

42. Uvin, P. Development Aid and Structural Violence: The case of Rwanda

43. Daniel J. Smith. Culture of Corruption

44. J.Francois–Bayart. The Politics of the Belly.

45. West, H. Govern Yourselves , Democracy and Carnage in Northern Mozambique

46. Shandy, D. Nuer–American Passages

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Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University, Director of the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research, and Editor–in–Chief of Anthropological Quarterly.  He is author of four other books, includingIn the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull,Houses in the Rainforest:  Ethnicity and Inequality Among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa, andUnstrange Minds:  Remapping the World of Autism.

Christopher B. Steiner is the Lucy C. McDannel 22 Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Connecticut College.  He is the author of the award–winning book African Art in Transit, and co–editor (with Ruth Phillips) of Unpacking Culture:  Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Stephen Lubkemann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.  He is author of Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War and is associate editor for Anthropological Quarterly and a co–founder of GWU s Diaspora Research Program.

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