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Understanding Contemporary Africa

ISBN-10: 1555878504
ISBN-13: 9781555878504
Edition: 3rd 2001
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Description: April Gordon (sociology, Winthrop U.) and Donald Gordon (political science, Furman U.) present a textbook written for use in introductory undergraduate courses on Africa. Chapters overview themes of politics, economics, international relations,  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.50
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 477
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

April Gordon (sociology, Winthrop U.) and Donald Gordon (political science, Furman U.) present a textbook written for use in introductory undergraduate courses on Africa. Chapters overview themes of politics, economics, international relations, demographics and disease, the environment, family and kinship, women and development, religion, and literature. One chapter is devoted to a more detailed examination of the history of South Africa. For the most part, the essays support the viewpoints of t he former colonial powers and the international monetary institutions on African history and development and it is likely that many African academics and political activists would suggest that this book would lead more to misunderstanding contemporary Africa. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Africa: A Geographic Preface
The Moving ITCZ
Natural Regions
Continents Adrift
The Historical Context
The Peopling of Africa
Political Patterns of the Past
Trade, Exploration, and Conquest
The Colonial Period
Conclusion
African Politics
The Impact of Colonialism
Nationalism and the Politics of Independence
The Transfer of Power
Independence
The Centralization of State Power
Patronage, the Patrimonial State, and Personal Rule
Military Intervention
The Political Economy of Decline
State and Society in Crisis
Structural Adjustment and the Reordering of the State
Beyond Autocracy
The Economies of Africa
Precolonial Economies
The Influence of Colonialism
Postcolonial Development Strategies
Current Issues
African International Relations
The Dependency-Decolonization Debate
The Formulation and Implementation of African Foreign Policies
Pan-Africanism and the Organization of African Unity
Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration
The Role of Foreign Powers in African International Relations
The United Nations and International Financial Institutions
The Changing Equation of Military Intervention
Toward the Future
Population, Urbanization, and AIDS
Precolonial and Colonial Periods
Postindependence Trends
Family Planning
Urban Population Policy
AIDS in Africa
Africa's Environmental Problems
The Environment in Africa
Contemporary Problems of the African Environment
Development and the Environment
Other Issues of Environmental Concern
Conclusion
Family and Kinship
African Kinship and Marriage
New Areas of Study and Holdovers from the Past in Contemporary African Societies
Challenges to Contemporary African Kinship Systems
Women and Development
Women in Precolonial Africa
European Penetration
The Postindependence Period
Women in the Economy
Women and Politics
Prospects for African Women
Religion in Africa
African Traditional Religions
Christianity in Africa
Islam in Africa
Conclusion
African Literature
African Oral Literature
Written Literature in African Languages
African Literature in European Languages
Conclusion
South Africa
The Peopling of South Africa
The Roots of Racial Discrimination
The Advent of the British Factor
The Mineral Revolution
The United Settler State
Nationalist Rule and the Creation of the Apartheid State
The Attempt to Modernize Apartheid
Dismantling the Apartheid State
The Tortuous Road to a New South Africa
Conclusion
Trends and Prospects
Poverty Reduction
Debt
Trade and Investment
Aid
Information Technology
List of Acronyms
Glossary
Basic Political Data
The Contributors
Index
About the Book

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