African Experience

ISBN-10: 0205851711

ISBN-13: 9780205851713

Edition: 4th 2012 (Revised)

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Description: Updated in its 4thedition,The African Experienceis the only interdisciplinary survey to examine this region of the world from geographic, linguistic, social, historical, and political perspectives. Drawing on research from all of the social sciences, this text captures Africa in its complex totality.The African Experiencehelps readers develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of Africa, one that allows them to grasp the region’s internal dynamics and its evolving place in the world.

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List price: $92.67
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Preface
Africa: The Continent and Its People
Introduction
Geography
Demography
Language and Culture
African Traditional Institutions
Introduction
Kinship
Forms of Marriage
Nonkinship Groups
The Individual in African Societies
Family Life and Socialization
Family Life
Socialization
Traditional Religious Beliefs
Belief in God
Belief in Spirits
Belief in Ancestors
Religion as a Way of Life
Politics and Government in Traditional Africa
Segmental Systems
Hierarchical Systems
Pyramidal Systems
Political Development in Historic Africa
Introduction
Prehistoric Africa
Ancient Africa
The Kingdoms of Egypt
Other Ancient African Civilizations
Medieval Africa
Early Modern Africa
Nineteenth-Century Africa
North Africa (c. 1800-1900)
The African Sudan (c. 1800-1900)
West Africa (c. 1800-1900)
East Africa (c. 1800-1900)
Conclusions
Colonialism and the African Experience
Introduction
Reasons for Europe's Interest in Africa
Imperialism in Africa: The Rationale
Race and European Colonizers: "The Civilizing Missions"
The British Mission
The French Mission
The French and the British Contrasted: Senghor and Khama
Fanon's Theory of French Racism
The Portuguese Mission
The Belgian Mission
Colonial Administrative Styles
Indirect Rule
Direct Rule
Company Rule
Indirect Company Rule
The Economics of Colonialism
Expropriation of Land
Exploitation of Labor
Hut and Poll Tax
Labor Conscription
Cash Crops and One-Crop Economies
Prohibition of Inter-African Trade and Communications
Immigrant Labor
Lack of Industrialization
Colonial Rule: Did the Africans Benefit?
African Nationalism and the Struggle for Freedom
Introduction
Modern African Nationalism
Colonial Oppression
Missionary Churches
World Wars I and II
Pan-Africanism
The League of Nations and the United Nations
Independence Movements
Conclusions
African Independence: The First Thirty Years
Introduction
Decolonization and the Transfer of Power
Centralization of Power
Regionalism and Separatism: Nigeria
Regionalism and Separatism: East Africa
Decolonization in French Colonies
Problems at Independence
Popular Expectations
Lack of Economic Development
Arbitrary Borders
Political Instability
Policy Choices after Independence
One-Party Systems
African Socialism
Tanzania
Ghana
Guinea
Senegal
African Capitalism
What Went Wrong in Independent Africa?
One-Party Systems
Personality Cults
Coups d'etat and Civil Wars
Refugees
Centralized Economies
International Debt
Corruption
HIV/AIDS
The Gains of Independence
The African Struggle for Democracy and Free Markets
Introduction
The Struggle for Democracy
Kenya: Flirting with Democracy
Mugabe: "Zimbabwe Belongs to Me"
Democratic Republic of Congo
Cameroon: Paul Biya's Democracy
Economic Reforms
NEPAD
Conclusions
Africa in World Affairs
Introduction
The Cold War
The Non-Aligned Movement
The Organization of African Unity
The African Union
Objectives of the African Union
Organs of the African Union
Financial Institutions of the AU
The United States and Africa
The Soviet Union and Africa
Conclusions
Index
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