Reframing Contemporary Africa Politics, Culture and Society in the Global Era

ISBN-10: 087289407X
ISBN-13: 9780872894075
Edition: 2010 (Revised)
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List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 1/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

It is impossible to study Africa without understanding the debate about how to study Africa. At last, a book showcases the complexities and paradoxes of Africa¿s recent and more distant history, while avoiding simplistic, Eurocentric conceptualizations of ¿black Africa.¿ Students are offered the background and perspectives they need to comprehend the dynamics of the continent as well as a clear path through the current literature and scholarly debate. With a cross-disciplinary approach that features political, historical, and economic analysis as well as popular culture and sociological views on contemporary issues, Reframing Contemporary Africa provides an unparalleled breadth of coverage. Essays written by a distinguished and international group of scholars¿including Pius Adesanmi, Anene Ejikeme, Caroline Elkins, Mahmood Mamdani, Siba Grovogui, Wole Soyinka, and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza¿are designed to distill original scholarship for undergraduate readers. Each contribution helps students engage with the work and arguments of luminaries while exposing them to renowned African thinkers. Contributors deliver analysis that allows students to see beyond the clichés commonly presented in the media (and even in scholarship), and helpful section openers by Soyinka-Airewele and Edozie frame forthcoming chapters, giving important thematic and historical context. Reframing Contemporary Africa will certainly provoke new debate and reflection, not merely about African issues and politics, but also about the West and its framing of Africa.

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List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
Contributors
Preface
Discourses on the Representation of Africa
Introduction
Reframing Contemporary Africa: Beyond Global Imaginaries
Commentary: Reconfiguring the Study of Africa
Not Out of Africa? Sifting Facts from Fiction in the New Balkanization of Africa
The Myth and Reality of Africa: A Nudge Towards a Cultural Revolution
The Political Histories of Africa
Introduction
Towards the Globalization of African History: A Generational Perspective: Commentary
Remembering the Forgotten Histories of Enslavement and African Contributions to Abolition in Africa: The Case of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
Colonial Legacies: Ghosts, Gulags, and the Silenced Traumas of Empire
Revisiting Development in Ancient and Medieval Africa
The Intersection of African Identities in the Twenty-First Century: Old and New Diasporas and the African Continent
Power, Politics, and Socioeconomic Struggles
Introduction
Civil Society and Sociopolitical Change in Africa: A Brief Theoretical Commentary
New Frames in African Democratic Politics: Discourse Trajectories
Your Blues Ain't My Blues: How "International Security" Breeds Conflicts in Africa
The Global Economic Order and its Socioeconomic Impact: The African Perspective
The New Oil Gulf of Africa: Global Geopolitics and Enclave Oil-Producing Economies
The Politics of HTV/AIDS in Africa: Representation and the Political Economy of Disease
Political and Popular Culture and the Dynamics of a Contemporizing Continent
Introduction
Reshaping Power and the Public Sphere: The Political Voices of African Writers
African Cinema: Visions, Meanings, and Measures
Engendering African History: A Tale of Sex, Politics, and Power
Between Multiple Ideals of Feminism: An Intercontinental Engagement with Womanhood: A Young Scholar's Response and Commentary
Critical Questions and Challenges for a Globalizing Age
Introduction
Millennial Challenges for Contemporary African Affairs: Reconstructing from Within: A Commentary
Human Rights in Africa: The Limited Promise of Liberalism
Africa in International Relations Theory: Addressing the Quandary of Africa's Ongoing Marginalization Within the Discipline
Refraining Africa in the Global Era: The Relevance of Postcolonial Studies

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