Clashing Views on African Issues

ISBN-10: 0073515183
ISBN-13: 9780073515182
Edition: 3rd 2009
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Description: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues, Third Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in African studies. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and commentators, reflect  More...

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List price: $52.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 3/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues, Third Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in African studies. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and commentators, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.

William G. Moseley is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.nbsp;nbsp;Paul Laris is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at California State University, Long Beach, where he is Director of the Environment, Science and Policy Program.Eric Perramond is Associate Professor in both the Environmental Science and Southwest Studies programs at the Colorado College. He is the author of Private Revolutions (2010) and a former Fulbright-Garciacute;a Robles fellow to Mexico.Holly M. Hapke is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at East Carolina University.nbsp; She has published articles in various journals and is a contributing author to Pulsipher & Pulsipher - World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives, 3 rd Ed.

Preface
Advisory Board
Introduction
History
Did the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Underdevelop Africa?
Yes: Paul E. Lovejoy, from "The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa: A Review of the Literature," Journal of American History (1989)
No: John Thornton, from Africa and the Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
Have the Contributions of Africans Been Recognized for Developing New World Agriculture?
Yes: Duncan Clinch Heyward, from Seed from Madagascar (University of North Carolina Press, 1937)
No: Judith Carney, from "Agroenvironments and Slave Strategies in the Diffusion of Rice Culture to the Americas," in Karl S. Zimmerer and Thomas J. Bassett, eds., Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment-Development Studies (Guilford Press, 2003)
Is European Subjugation of Africans Ultimately Explained by Differences in Land, Plant, and Animal Resources?
Yes: Jared Diamond, from "Why Europeans Were the Ones to Colonize Sub-Saharan Africa," Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (W. W. Norton, 1999)
No: Lucy Jarosz, from "A Human Geographer's Response to Guns, Germs and Steel: The Case of Agrarian Development and Change in Madagascar," Antipode (2003)
Did Colonialism Distort Contemporary African Development?
Yes: Marcus Colchester, from "Slave and Enclave: Towards a Political Ecology of Equatorial Africa," The Ecologist (September/October 1993)
No: Robin M. Grier, from "Colonial Legacies and Economic Growth," Public Choice (March 1999)
Development
Have Free-Market Policies Worked for Africa?
Yes: Gerald Scott, from "Who Has Failed Africa? IMF Measures or the African Leadership?" Journal of Asian and African Studies (August 1998)
No: Thandika Mkandawire, from "The Global Economic Context," in B. Wisner, C. Toulmin, and R. Chitiga, eds., Towards a New Map of Africa (Earthscan, 2005)
Are Abundant Mineral and Energy Resources a Catalyst for African Development?
Yes: Oliver Maponga and Philip Maxwell, from "The Fall and Rise of African Mining," Minerals and Energy (2001)
No: Sunday Dare, from "A Continent in Crisis: Africa and Globalization," Dollars and Sense (July/August 2001)
Is Increasing Chinese Investment Good for African Development?
Yes: Ali Zafar, from "The Growing Relationship Between China and Sub-Saharan Africa: Macroeconomic, Trade, Investment and Aid Links," World Bank Research Observer (Spring 2007)
No: Padraig R. Carmody and Francis Y. Owusu, from "Competing Hegemons? Chinese versus American Geo-Economic Strategies in Africa," Political Geography (2007)
Agriculture, Food, and the Environment
Does the Conflict in the Darfur Region of Sudan Have Environmental Causes?
Yes: UN Environment Programme, from "Conflict and the Environment," Sudan: Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment (June 2007)
No: Lydia Polgreen, from "A Godsend for Darfur, or a Curse?" New York Times (July 22, 2007)
Is Food Production in Africa Capable of Keeping Up with Population Growth?
Yes: Michael Mortimore and Mary Tiffen, from "Population and Environment in Time Perspective: The Machakos Story," People and Environment in Africa (John Wiley & Sons, 1995)
No: John Murton, from "Population Growth and Poverty in Machakos District, Kenya," The Geographical Journal (March 1999)
Does African Agriculture Need a Green Revolution?
Yes: Kofi A. Annan, from "Remarks on the Launch of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa at the World Economic Forum," in Cape Town, South Africa (June 14, 2007)
No: Carol B. Thompson, from "Africa: Green Revolution or Rainbow Revolution?" Foreign Policy In Focus (July 17, 2007)
Is Sub-Saharan Africa Experiencing a Deforestation Crisis?
Yes: Kevin M. Cleaver and Gotz A. Schreiber, from Reversing the Spiral: The Population, Agriculture, and Environmental Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa (The World Bank, 1994)
No: Thomas J. Bassett and Koli Bi Zueli, from "Environmental Discourses and the Ivorian Savanna," Annals of the Association of American Geographers (March 2000)
Social Issues
Should Female Genital Cutting Be Accepted as a Cultural Practice?
Yes: Fuambai Ahmadu, from "Rites and Wrongs: Excision and Power among Kono Women of Sierra Leone," in B. Shell-Duncan and Y. Hernlund, eds., Female 'Circumcision' in Africa Culture, Controversy, and Change (Lynne Reiner, 2001)
No: Liz Creel et al., from "Abandoning Female Genital Cutting: Prevalence, Attitudes, and Efforts to End the Practice," A Report of the Population Reference Bureau (August 2001)
Are Women in a Position to Challenge Male Power Structures in Africa?
Yes: Richard A. Schroeder, from Shady Practices: Agroforestry and Gender Politics in The Gambia (University of California Press, 1997)
No: Human Rights Watch, from "Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya," A Report of Human Rights Watch (March 2003)
Is the International Community Focusing on HIV/AIDS Treatment at the Expense of Prevention in Africa?
Yes: Andrew Creese, Katherine Floyd, Anita Alban, and Lorna Guinness, from "Cost-Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Interventions in Africa: A Systematic Review of the Evidence," The Lancet (2002)
No: Philip J. Hilts, from "Changing Minds: Botswana Beats Back AIDS," in Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Challenge (Penguin Books, 2005)
Should Developed Countries Provide Debt Relief to the Poorest, Indebted African Nations?
Yes: Dorothy Logie and Michael Rowson, from "Poverty and Health: Debt Relief Could Help Achieve Human Rights," Health and Human Rights (1998)
No: Robert Snyder, from "Proclaiming Jubilee-For Whom?" The Christian Century (June 1999)
Politics, Governance, and Conflict Resolution
Is Multi-Party Democracy Taking Hold in Africa?
Yes: Michael Bratton and Robert Mattes, from "Support for Democracy in Africa: Intrinsic or Instrumental" British Journal of Political Science (July 2001)
No: Joel D. Barkan, from "The Many Faces of Africa: Democracy Across a Varied Continent," Harvard International Review (Summer 2002)
Is Foreign Assistance Useful for Fostering Democracy in Africa?
Yes: Arthur A. Goldsmith, from "Donors, Dictators and Democrats in Africa," The Journal of Modern African Studies (2001)
No: Julie Hearn, from "Aiding Democracy? Donors and Civil Society in South Africa," Third World Quarterly (2000)
Is Corruption the Result of Poor African Leadership?
Yes: Robert I. Rotberg, from "The Roots of Africa's Leadership Deficit," Compass (2003)
No: Arthur A. Goldsmith, from "Risk, Rule, and Reason: Leadership in Africa," Public Administration and Development (2001)
Are African-Led Peacekeeping Missions More Effective than International Peacekeeping Efforts in Africa?
Yes: David C. Gompert, from "For a Capability to Protect: Mass Killing, the African Union and NATO," Survival (Spring 2006)
No: Nsonurua J. Udombana, from "Still Playing Dice with Lives: Darfur and Security Council Resolution 1706," Third World Quarterly (2007)
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