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Perspectives on Africa. A Reader in Culture, History and Representation. Edition No. 2. Global Perspectives

  • ID: 5226627
  • Book
  • April 2010
  • Region: Global, Africa
  • 708 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The second edition of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation is both an introduction to the cultures of Africa and a history of the interpretations of those cultures. Key essays explore the major issues and debates through a combination of classic articles and the newest research in the field.
  • Explores the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and culture
  • Includes selections from anthropologists, historians, philosophers, and critics who collectively reveal the interpenetration of ideas and concepts within and across disciplines, regions, and historical periods
  • Offers a combined focus on ethnography and theory, giving students the means to link theory with data and perspective with practice
  • Newly revised and updated edition of this popular text with 14 brand new chapters and two new sections: Conflict and Violent Transformations; and Development, Governance and Globalization
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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 George Washington University, USA.

Stephen C. Lubkemann George Washington University, USA.

Christopher B. Steiner Connecticut College, USA.
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