Subject Area: Africa
These essays re-open the debate on certain accepted notions about African economic underdevelopment problems.1993 0-7734-9259-3
This study addresses the economic relations between African countries and European powers, the form that they have taken in the past and may take in the new era of political independence and national development. Examines critically the economic and political implications of African states' participation in the EEC as associate members.2006 0-7734-5743-7
This book challenges socio-historical analyses that posit a relationship between modernity and the nation-state. It questions whether the nation-state is a distinctively European phenomenon that emerged as the result of some combination of the development of capitalism and the legacy of citizenship derived from the French Revolution. It defines the state, differentiates it from the nation, and in so doing, also defines the nation-state. The book then examines ancient Egypt from the Archaic Period to the Middle Kingdom; the Hausa states, focusing on Katsina from its beginnings in the fifteenth century through its incorporation into the Sokoto Caliphate and British Empire; and the legacy of the Zulu state that emerged in the early nineteenth century. The growth and development of these three polities are offered as specific historical examples of the nation-state, the multi-ethnic state, and the nation, respectively. By concentrating on African polities that emerged in different time periods, the book also shows that an understanding of how states buttressed or transcended ethnic identity, coupled with definitional clarity, can be a more meaningful focus of analysis than any preconceived conceptualization of the nation-state premised upon Eurocentric indicators of modernity.1999 0-7734-8183-4
This volumes presents detailed stories of the reasons why six African-American professional women quit their jobs. Each woman's story is told in her own voice, through oral taped interviews and through writing. Their stories are rich and the language is colorful. While readers will see each woman's unique circumstances, they will also note remarkable similarities among the stories and the views expressed therein. An abstract precedes each story. After the stories, the author provides a grounded analysis. The texts of the stories provide the basis for further analysis and theory-building by scholars, employers, and laypersons who wish to go beyond this study.2007 0-7734-5253-2
This study makes a distinction between modern Nigerian art music, which evolved in the twentieth century and emphasizes Western music notation, and the previously existing art music tradition in Nigeria before the advent of missionaries in the nineteenth century. Specifically, this research examines the social, political, and cultural factors involved in the evolution and practice of art music in Nigeria. This book contains 4 color photographs.1993 0-7734-9271-2
A study on the state of perpetual poverty in which African children live, caused by the unstable and corrupt governments.1993 0-7734-1946-2
This study represents attempts on the part of African Christians to `own' their theological reflection, rather than borrow it from others. This means taking seriously their African heritage. It examines the theological quest in the broader context of political, educational, literary, and religious factors in sub-Saharan Africa. Other chapters are devoted to Zaire, and specifically to three contrasting styles of theological reflection: the academic and literary one; the area of `oral theology' illustrated by the `inspired' hymns of the Kimbanguist Church; and an experiment in Protestant contextual theologizing in seminars designed to effect an interaction between the gospel and contextual issues. From this total theological picture, the conclusion draws implications for theology itself, for theological education, and for theological educators in Africa today.2007 0-7734-5409-8
At the dawn of independence, Africans did not establish their institutions using processes that took proper account of the pluralism of the societies, while civil society failed to press for institutions to control the state. These mistakes sent them off on non-cooperation paths where ethnicity, poor political leadership, government corruption, and the absence of appropriate rights of citizens to consultation on economic matters have become serious obstacles to the emergence of good economic policy environments. This book identifies the problem areas African citizenry must address, namely: mobilizing domestic demand for good economic policy environment; strengthening cooperation, including bringing the state back in, to speed up the development process; ensuring country ownership in policymaking; reducing ethnicity; reducing government corruption, especially at the highest levels; improving political leadership; developing coherent strategies to face the globalization challenge; and accelerating progress toward rational regional economic integration.2005 0-7734-5960-X
This book brings together work by African, European and American scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds and sheds light on attempts to reconcile global environmental values with local livelihood needs and development aspirations. The increasing numbers of people who are becoming dependent on forest and savannah resources for their survival constitute a challenge that seems to be greater in Africa than anywhere else. In many countries on the continent, conservation efforts have often neglected the rural poor and led to a loss of access to resources that they used prior to the establishment of conservation areas. The debate on how to develop more democratic and pro-poor forms of forest management has gained momentum due to changing constellations in the partnerships for conservation and sustainable resource use. The papers presented in this book bring together experiences and lessons learnt from conservation and forest management efforts in Mali, the Congo Basin countries, Southern Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia. The authors highlight successes and failures in attempts to realize sustainable and pro-poor forest management and address the questions related to the conditions under which power imbalances and conflicting interest can be reconciled through multi-sector partnerships. This book is one of the first to deal with the effects of globalisation and decentralization on tropical forest management in Africa. As such, it contributes to the globalisation and shifts in governance debates in social and policy sciences, and to the debate in human geography circles on how processes at different scales interact and influence each other. The book not only advocates a multi-disciplinary approach but also puts it into practice and therefore presents a number of different proposals for policy actions, institutional development and research.1996 0-7734-8782-4
This work is the result of multi-disciplinary research and field work on the African Independent/Indigenous Churches, which are the fastest-growing component of Afro-Christianity. Chapters by missiologists, theologians, anthropologists, psychologists, and a musicologist examine multi-colored religious movements. Essays include: Considerations on Sources for Writing African Indigenous Church History (H.L. Pretorius); African Independent Churches in Malawi - Background and Historical Development (C. M. Pauw); Religious Freedom in Botswana - Zion Christian Church and the Nazareth Church (D. R. Boschman); Evolving Harrist Views of the Prophet Harris (D. A. Shank); Simungu Bafazini Shibe and the Formation of the Zulu Congregational Church (A. W. Z. Kuzwayo); A Reformed African Indigenous Church? (R. J. R. van der Spuy); Leaves of Healing - Christian Mission in the Context of African Witchcraft (H-J. Becken); African Indigenous Healing (S.D., Edwards); A Zionist Cleansing Ceremony - A Therapeutic Model for a Trauma-laden South Africa (H. Mkhize); Music and Leadership in Zionist Churches (M. Xulu); Religious Communication - Prayer, Sacrifice and Divination (S. K. Mfusi); The Interface Between Biblical Revelation and Extra-Biblical Revelation - An Axiom in the Development of African Indigenous Churches (S. W. D. Dube); In Search of Understanding - Anthropological Fieldwork Among Zulu Zionists in KwaMashu (M. Mohr); "Zion" - Zionists doing Theology (D. C. van Zyl); The Forces of Fire (A. S. van Niekerk); Mutual Sharing as Liberation of "Mainline" and Independent Churches (B. A. Mazibuko); Shembe Preaching - a Study in Oral Hermeneutics (J. A. Loubser); From Veneration to Deification of Isaiah Shembe - Reflections on an Oral History (M. C. Kitshoff);2005 0-7734-6129-9
The African Institution was a pivotal abolitionist and antislavery group in Britain during the early nineteenth century, and its members included royalty, prominent lawyers, Members of Parliament, and noted reformers such as William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and Zachary Macaulay. Focusing on the spread of Western civilization to Africa, the abolition of the foreign slave trade, and improving the lives of slaves in British colonies, the group's influence extended far into Britain's diplomatic relations in addition to the government's domestic affairs. The African Institution carried the torch for antislavery reform for twenty years and paved the way for later humanitarian efforts in Great Britain. This book is the only monograph on the African Institution, and thus the only specific book length analysis of its successes and failures. The 20-year period of its existence was a crucial transitional period for the antislavery movement, and the book adds to a relatively sparse body of research on that particular time period.1992 0-7734-9170-8
This is the first book-length translation and discussion of this sub-genre of Igbo oral poetry. The central position of the masquerade cult in Igbo religion, world view, culture and art makes this masquerade poetry relevant to the people's society, as well as instructive and entertaining in function. This work makes available for the first time what can be regarded as the high-water mark of Igbo oral poetry, as well as essays on the intellectual, socio-cultural, and literary background. It is a study not only in oral poetry but also Igbo traditional world view, beliefs, and culture.2009 0-7734-4664-8
This study analyzes the linkages between misgovernment, administrative environmental challenges, personnel mismanagement dysfunctions and underdevelopment. The work is at the same time descriptive, explanatory and prescriptive, providing blueprints for reforms.2007 0-7734-5528-0
This study, focusing on select novels by women writers of the African Diaspora, illustrates that a surprising degree of commonality exists among works with obvious geographical, cultural, and linguistics differences – an affirmation of the philosophical essence of the Vodun religion as an antidote to Western spiritual and cultural moribundity. A close reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
, Simone Schwarz-Bart’s Pluie et Vent sur Telumée Miracle
, and Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow
, demonstrates the way in which these works allude to the Vodun pantheon and ancestor veneration in order to valorize a worldview that recognizes the interconnectedness of all living things, visible and invisible. This is accomplished by locating each novel within its socio-political context and developing African diasporic literary tradition wherein African-derived beliefs have become sources of cultural resistance. After this reconstruction, the author is able to explicate the representation and function of Vodun as it is employed by each of the authors under consideration.2008 0-7734-5237-0
This study explores and the shifting modes of politics in nine African countries as manifested in transitions from colonialism to political independence. Utilizing various theoretical approaches, the work interrogates the conjecture of change and continuity with a view to evaluating the depth of political reform, its impact and prospects.1990 0-88946-073-61999 0-7734-8159-1
This volume emphasizes Africa's indigenous institutions as a vital part f the people's past, a source of order and security, and crucial ingredients to an effective administrative system. Reassesses the vital roles these institutions played over the years to anchor nation-building efforts.
"Kizza's analysis of post independent governments in Africa is superb. She discusses the various African leaders from Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyrere, Hastings Banda, Kwame Nkrumah, Jerry Rawlings to General Obasanjo. Each leader is placed in his colonial and cultural context and their positive and negative characteristics analyzed. Kizza's analysis is at its best when she discusses how Museveni came to power in Uganda and used the concept of ‘indigenous democracy' to govern. . . . Kizza has developed well thought out arguments based on historical and cultural scholarship. Her novel approach provides the student with essential information about Africa and offers statesmen guidelines for future policies. I recommend this excellent text for both laymen, scholars, and policy makers." – Clive Kileff1989 0-88946-282-8
Seeks an understanding of one result of the syncretism of Southern African Christianity, namely, the increasing evidence among African Christians of ancestor veneration, belief in possession by alien spirits, dance-induced trancing, and witch beliefs.
". . . the significance of this volume lies . . . in the fact that South African anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and theologians could talk with rather than at each other about pastoral theology and healing in the work of independent churches. . . . the volume will be used in graduate and research studies by students of anthropology, psychiatry, psychology, and religion." - Choice1989 0-88946-187-2
From the editor of the Global AIDS Bulletin, which is published by the African-Caribbean Institute. Noted contributors dispel myths and misconceptions about AIDS in Africa. Excellent resource for policymakers.1995 0-7734-8973-8
This work details in allegorical form the shocking story of the results of Europe's entry into the African Continent and creation of the momentum which broke down a complete society that existed in harmony. Areas collapsed after independence, as no arrangements were made by the European peoples to help the newly freed nations. Violence escalated as the military took strong hold of the new governments. Military coups begat civil coups, disrupting any positive changes that had occurred. After each coup d'état, hopes for democracy faded further. This illustrative narrative contains such chapters as 'The Strong Men of the Sahara', 'Scramble for Africa', 'Culture in History', 'Political Correctness', 'Patriotic Rogues', 'Leader Among Wolves', 'Army Coup d'état Versus Civilian Coup d'état', and an Epilogue, Index, and illustrations.2009 0-7734-4707-5
This work examines the relationships between U.S. strategic security, trade interests, and democratic enlargement in Africa. The author demonstrates that idiosyncratic presidential actions shaped the outcomes of the policy to export democratic ideals to Africa.2007 0-7734-5334-2
Ekpu Oro ancestral figures existed as summaries of the personal and social experiences of the Oron people of Southeastern Nigeria - they embodied Oron spiritual beliefs and cultural history; hence, were vessels for the spirits of the dead that instilled great influence over the daily, religious, and social lives of the living. As an art form, Ekpu held the key to understanding Oron past tradition that was largely destroyed by colonial and Christian presence in Oron society. This book attempts to reconstruct the histories of Ekpu Oro figures and the Oron people through art historical analysis and ethno-historical reconstruction based. It will also be an experiment in methodology, relying substantially on collected oral testimony and interviews with Oron elders, diviners, and titled chiefs. Thus, this book focuses on the significance of Ekpu figures in Oron life, because of missionary presence, colonial punitive expeditions, and how Ekpu figures served to hold Oron collective memories of Oron people despite overwhelming social changes. This book contains 35 black and white photographs.2010 0-7734-3883-11995 0-7734-9053-1
This collection of new interdisciplinary studies focuses on black resistance patterns in literature, humor, art, cinema, history, and science, from the antebellum South to contemporary Brooklyn.
Essays include: Elderly Female Slaves of the Antebellum South: Stabilizers and Resisters (Stacey K. Close); Throwing Off the Slaveholder: Free Black Ohioans and the Civil War (Felton O. Best); Resistance to European Conquest of Africa (Don C. Ohadike); 'Ode to Ethiopia': Challenging the Color Line Through Alliance Building, Yet Preserving the Soul, the Early Resistance Strategy of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Felton O. Best); Causes of the Atlanta Riot of 1906 (Gregory Mixon); The Protest Against 'Insult': Black Soldiers, World War II, and the 'War' for 'Democracy' at Home (Joyce Thomas); Ambivalent Allies: African Americans and American Jews After World War II (Cheryl Greenburg); Malcolm X, David Walker, and William Lloyd Garrison: Gaining Freedom "By Any Means Necessary" (Donald M. Jacobs); Resisting European Christianity: The Rise of Black Holiness-Pentecostal Culture in Brooklyn (Clarence Taylor); African-American Humor: Resistance and Retaliation (Joseph Boskin); Completing the Picture: African Americans and Independent Cinema: An Urban Genre Case Study (Marshall Hyatt).1999 0-7734-7544-3
This book of African fables gives examples of the interplay of animals and human beings in the folk tale. The aspects of behavior of the animals represents the character of a human being. These tales are those specifically for children, and can be classified on the basis of their purpose, e.g. whether they are for young chiefs, girls, or ‘underdogs’. A long introduction puts the work into literary and historical context.1990 0-88946-516-9
Examines post-independence relationships between the metropolitan powers and their former dependencies in Africa, with focus on trade, aid, capital investment, and security.1996 0-7734-2262-5
This study examines the traditional or indigenous building technology, architecture, and settlement order of the Akan peoples of the southern half of what is now the Republic of Ghana. Building construction is considered in terms of the body of skills, techniques, and organization of labor that evolved over time; the range of building materials used, and their characteristics, acquisition, and handling; and finally, in terms of the formal, structural, and aesthetic qualities of the buildings themselves. Also considered is the range of settlement types; their spatial layouts and organization, their relationships within the hierarchy of settlements, and the ways in which settlements came into existence and developed through time. It places the growth of the Akan building traditions and settlement order in the broader contexts of history, and culture growth and change. In this connection, it offers observations on the roots of Akan building technology/architecture, and the evolution of the settlement order.2012 0-7734-2636-1
In this collection of essays, scholars weigh in on contemporary issues in African politics. These scholars offer solutions to important problems that impact all aspects of African life, from the environment, to poverty, political instability, and piracy. They also contextualize these problems through historical analysis and discuss the legacies of colonialism on the continent, as well as regional disputes that cause neighboring tribes and nations to act in violence towards each other. This book draws on political science, economics, ecology, and several other disiciplines.2000 0-7734-7885-X
This study contains essays written by activists and scholars from a wide range of fields who have conducted research or been involved on a grassroots level in an effort to advance women’s human rights.2003 0-7734-6652-5
The contribution of this collection to scholarship is fourfold: it contributes to the expansion of knowledge about the African continent through a critic’s response to its many forms of representation by writers outside as well as inside Africa; the range of writings provides intertextual evidence supportive of Dorsinville’s own complex representation of Africa in his fiction and memoirs; it is a documented record of a broad paradigm concerned with a postcolonial representation of the dialectic of home and exile, memory and identity, and selfhood and otherness; and it provides a fascinating display of a postcolonial writer-critic’s intellectual journey enlivened by his use of voice in the African tradition of oral exchange whereby he positions himself as the one speaking to and for the many. The volumes follow the original chronology of the publication of the individual texts. The contents range from books on (or by) Doris Lessing to David Halberstam, Idi Amin, and Muhammad Ali. The pieces are in French.1988 0-88946-138-4
Reviews current experiences in primary health care in Africa, with specific references to key factors that influence the nature, extent, and outcome of community participation.1993 0-7734-9289-5
This study illustrates a comprehensive method of analyzing the discourse structure and style of a Hebrew lyric text with special reference to its interacting thematic organization and rhetorical dynamics. An illustrated survey of ten of the principal stylistic features leads to a discussion of similar rhetorical techniques manifested by modern lyric (written) poetry in Chichewa. The study also makes an important contribution to the theory and practice of meaning-oriented Bible translation.2010 0-7734-3750-9
Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1901-1937) is generally acknowledged, in his own country and abroad, as the greatest twentieth-century poet of Madagascar. Many of his poems have been included in anthologies of African poetry. The present volume contains the first complete translation from Malagasy of Rabearivelo’s late poetry.1998 0-7734-8351-9
This study contains a rich mixture of analytical ideas and views, and recommends reconstruction of the neo-colonial state as an effective way to deal with this pervasive institution. It examines corruption from a public choice perspective, providing policy-makers with more effective ways to deal with this important development obstacle. Part of the book deals with corruption in colonial Africa (specific emphasis on Nigeria), a neglected area in the literature.2002 0-7734-7205-32004 0-7734-6577-42002 0-7734-6866-82002 0-7734-7311-4
This volume explores the difficult relation between theologians and scholars of religion by exploring methodological parameters regarding objectivity. While most religious studies scholars propose a naturalistic view of religion and its study, this work proposes an interface between contextual theology and religious studies. Following a methodological introduction and the case study of the American Academy of Religion, chapters constitute historical explorations about religious practitioners and their theologies within society in Chile, El Salvador, Kenya and Rwanda.2015 1-4955-0276-7
This book considers an expanded role for criminology in the study of collective violence that resulted in international crimes against humanity committed by collectivities on a communal basis. If the goal of the international criminal justice system is to foster peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of crimes against humanity, what victims of these crimes perceive as justice should trump other considerations. Dr. Sungi exposes the weakness of Western-based international adjudication in this process and provides indigenous justice alternatives as a response.1989 0-88946-183-X
Deals with the issue of decentralization in a Third World context. Examines the implementation of rural development policy in Senegal from the perspective of those who provide vital linkage between the center and the rural population; discusses the role played by the rural councilors; elaborates the linkages between government agents and the rural councils; and assesses the effectiveness of the system in implementing rural development.2003 0-7734-6853-6
Recently declassified documents and new interviews with academics and politicians throw light on the foundation and early history of the colonial universities in Ghana and Senegal. British and French policy seeking to mold African elites is shown to have been subverted by the rising generation of African intellectuals who fought to access the best education and utilized their education to legitimize their claims for national independence. With extensive comparative treatment of Francophone material not addressed elsewhere, the book also details African student experiences in the European capitals, the influence of metropolitan anti-communist policy on African higher education, and perhaps most centrally, the influence of the struggle for higher education on the culture of political dissent in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa.1998 0-7734-8471-X
Examines the efforts of African states to complete the decolonization process, focussing on the divergent postures of Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zaire as representative examples. Examines in depth the factors that explain the divergent policies.2011 0-7734-1460-6
This book examines the changes that occurred in the Moroccan social hierarchy from the pre-Protectorate to the post-Independence period (1860 -2000). It argues that the actions of slaves encouraged changes in the institution of slavery. These changes
combined with the forces of economic modernization to reshape social configurations in nineteenth century Morocco. The study draws heavily on Arabic, Berber and French archival and oral data collected in France and Morocco. This book contains 12 color photographs.2006 0-7734-5839-5
After three consecutive waves of unsuccessful attempts to transplant democracy in postcolonial Africa, it is necessary for those engaged in any kind of political theorizing to take time to reflect on both the path the theory has taken and the path that lies ahead. The ethnically-induced conflicts in Africa and the worsening sectarian crisis in many parts of the continent have resisted easy analysis by comparative empirical research. Thus, it is unlikely that future analysis along the path will illuminate the crisis of African democracy.
This book delineates a vision that moves beyond the dominant research paradigm toward a new way of constructing a framework of analysis. It requires the avoidance of artificial differences among approaches by drawing simultaneously on normative political theory, analytical methods and comparative empirical research. This alternative approach develops a radically reconstructive view to a wide range of social and political issues.2015 1-4955-0323-2
This unique multidisciplinary case study targets the importance of higher education in facilitating and helping to produce social capital that empowered the people of Namibia to expand the necessary set of civic and political responsibilities to individuals chosen by church leaders to promote a new and transformed society in a once apartheid-like developing country.2010 0-7734-3700-2
This work presents a historical framework and a plan for reform of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is is based upon in-country investigations, surveys of published works, and a thorough examination of primary sources.2010 0-7734-3768-1
This dictionary is the result of over forty years of research and the collection of vocabularies from Swahili texts, poetry, prose and proverbs.2003 0-7734-7006-92007 0-7734-5309-1
Beginning with the genocide in Rwanda, this book examines the history, cultures, and lived experiences of African descent people living in countries outside of the African continent. This global view of African descent people centers on cultural aspects of the Africana experience in various parts of the world, with a focus on education, religion, politics, traditions, economics, and policies.1990 0-88946-515-0
This is the first book with a comprehensive analysis of SADCC as a new regional institution of inter-state economic cooperation, beginning with the Pan-African Movement for East and Central Africa established in 1958 and emphasizing the role of South Africa and external powers in the economies of Southern Africa states. The book also shows how the dependence of SADCC states can be explained within the context of center-periphery.2009 0-7734-4849-7
This work examines issues in African education ranging from the philosophy of education for women and guidance and counseling challenges, to the role of information and telecommunications technology in the field.2012 0-7734-3072-5
This book addresses the history of a small community of the African Diaspora mostly overlooked: the Afro-Zulians as the descendants of the first blacks brought over to the Sur del Lago Maracaibo region in Venezuela by the Basque-French slave trader Jean de Chourio in 1722. Despite attempts by Creole elites to strip away their African identity, it shows that they remained true to their African roots precisely because of the geographical remoteness of their settlements. The author links them to the Imbangala peoples of pre-colonial Angola, but shows how they adapted to a greater multicultural Venezuelan historical and social context through acculturation.1992 0-7734-9588-6
Essays on how the African Independent/Indigenous Churches experience and interpret their religion, their relationship to the Black experience, and the effectiveness of religious expression with regard to their needs. Topics include oral history in the Nazaretha church, the Iviyo LoFakazi BakaKristu and other renewal movements, theological issues in African Independent Churches, healing, exorcism, and involvement and creative development.2007 0-7734-5248-6
This book explores the manner in which Christian spirituality encounters Lomwe traditional spirituality, in an attempt to understand the kind of spirituality the Lomwe Catholic Christians in Malawi are now living. After examining Lomwe traditional spirituality within the broader context of African spirituality, the work explores the roots of the present cultural-religious encounter by analyzing the way in which missionaries introduced Christianity in Malawi. The study then moves on to consider the present tensions between Christian and traditional spiritualities in pursuit of the possibility of an integrated ‘African Christian spirituality’. This study will appeal to those scholars who are interested in inculturation, interreligious dialogue, and the relevance of Christian spirituality among the people of different cultures in the world.2014 0-7734-1574-2
Gesell’s thesis is that: the form of money inherited from the ancient world embodies a never solved practical contradiction between the functions of medium of exchange and the storing of value. This contradiction is at the basis of usury, and with it of all social disorders from the unemployed proletariat to war. His solution: Free Money, shorn of its function as store of value and reduced to pure medium of exchange.
The last part is a general theory of interest based on Free Money, which clinches all the previous arguments.
Having bared the source of the scourge of usury, Gesell furnishes abundant material for thoroughly judging economic theory and practice. His orderly array of arguments is of unanswerable cogency. Anyone who has read The Natural Economic Order
cannot help admitting that is the most extraordinary book on economics ever written.2011 0-7734-1377-4
This book constitutes a pioneering project aimed at constructing a conceptual framework for integrating the normative, conceptual, theoretical, and applied aspects of development within mainstream philosophy. The goal is not just to provide a morally sound code of ethics for the guidance of professionals, but to provide ethical justification for social and economic development in Third World countries.
Drawing on ancient and contemporary ethical theories, this book discusses how to improve the lives of people suffering from poverty, undernourishment, and underdevelopment. The goal of the book is to transform the Third World and the world at large into a more charitable, giving community of concerned and ethical citizens who take care of each other. The author attempts to lay the groundwork for a new philosophical sub-field - the Ethics of Development. He does this by turning to Kant, Aristotle, Plato, Rawls, Dewey, and Popper, who have all started to approach this subject in their work.2004 0-7734-6486-7
The main thrust of this study is that throughout the process of partition, African nations tried hard to check the tidal wave of European assault. What served as the decisive factor in these encounters were the superiority of Europeans’ weapons, in addition to such factors as fraudulent treaties of friendship, the role of missionaries and traders, divide-and-conquer strategies, and direct military interventions.2013 0-7734-4536-6
Are resources being distributed only to make wealthy elites wealthier? How do the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization foster a neo-liberal capitalist agenda that promotes wealth accumulation among these elites? The book looks at how this process can be stopped. It argues that resource distribution must benefit the people in a fair and even manner. The previous studies on this issue, mainly from the West, construct discourses and produce languages of poverty, or tribalism, arguing that these are the major factors contributing to civil conflict and underdevelopment. This book tries to look at how these factors can be overcome through responsible resource development.1992 0-7734-9837-0
This study compares the industrial development of Jamaica and Mauritius via Export Processing Zones (EPZs). The central questions in this research are: How, in theory and practice, do EPZs serve the development goals and policies of the countries; what factors are responsible for differences in the performance of the EPZs; what are the major lessons from Mauritius's and Jamaica's experiences with EPZs regarding the role of the state in development; and can the EPZs play an evolutionary role in the process of economic development in these countries.1999 0-7734-7981-3
This volume presents an important, in-depth study that addresses multiple links between reproduction, women’s status, and the family. The original research, conducted as the Ghana Female Autonomy Micro Study, was designed to collect information about the nature of spousal relations and the extent to which changes in the position of women affect demographic change in Ghana.2008 0-7734-5132-3
This work addresses the lack of research on events in Africa during the First World War. The author cites nearly two thousand articles, archives, books, journals, and government and public records related to the topic, all of which are subject to four extensive indices providing comprehensive cross references.2010 0-7734-3677-4
This sociological study examines the relationship between a society’s economy and the social structures that underpin it.1994 0-7734-9395-6
The Fulani are one of the most widely dispersed groups in West Africa. This book focuses on one group, the Djolof Fulani, and takes a long look at the Fulani castes, especially the griots and wood carvers. Its conclusion also discusses the problems of labeling objects as Fulani art. In particular it examines one kind of art, their milk bowls, which are made by men and decorated by women of the caste of wood carvers. There is an attempt to sort out the meaning and context of the geometric designs on the bowls. This study fills a lacuna in the study of African art.1999 0-7734-8002-1
This book is the first published in the United States that provides an in-depth examination of the covert intrigue that transpired in Africa during the 1990s. the events that occurred in the Great Lakes region are presented in the context of how outside players – notably the United States and France – used their considerable military and intelligence to tip the balance of economic power in Africa. The result was a loss of influence for France and ad dramatic gain for the United States., America's gaining of influence was not without tremendous price. The book describes the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and suggest that the United States was not merely an innocent bystander to the events that led to the most systematic mass killing of humans since world War II. The book also introduces the world of international mining and the dubious nature of the network of investors and agents of influence that support the mining industry. The unlikely confluence of African, American, Southeast Asian and even Arkansas politics had tremendous consequences for many disparate players, including the Clinton administration, the Habyarimana regime in Rwanda Marshal Mobutu of Zaire, and the peoples of Sierra Leone, Congo, and Angola. This is the first major work focusing on US covert military operations in Africa, exposing the covert war and corporate interests that have benefited from the US intervention in both the diamond and killing fields of Africa.2006 0-7734-5638-4
This study explores the relationships among tropical biodiversity conservation, economic development and local cultures within the context of two provinces in the Central African nation of Cameroon. The author examined the attitudes toward environmental conservation and economic development of three groups – rural Africans, urban Africans, and urban Westerners – that directly impact Cameroon’s environment and its environmental and development efforts.
A mixed methods approach was used with equal priority given to the quantitative and qualitative research. On the quantitative side, a survey instrument was used with all three groups, and on the qualitative side, semi-structured interviews, informal conversations, focus groups and village meetings were held. Issues of linguistic and cultural differences and the challenges of conducting rural research during the rainy season were addressed in the research.
The study found that urban-rural distinctions were far stronger than African-Western distinctions. With regard to Cameroon’s overall problems or challenges, urban African and urban Westerner respondents agreed that government ineffectiveness, poverty and lack of jobs were the top priorities, while the rural respondents indicated that lack of roads and water systems were the biggest problems. Both urban groups stated that their top objectives for conserving the environment related to sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, while the rural group reported that their top objective for conserving the environment was to sustain the lives and livelihoods of local people.
The research demonstrated that rural Africans are not a monolithic group. Within the two-province study area, important differences regarding environmental views were identified among rural respondents based on the ecosystems in which they lived.
This study affirmed the highly interrelated nature of environmental conservation, economic development and local culture, and suggested a comprehensive approach to addressing these overlapping spheres. A gender-based analysis indicated gender differences within and across the groups relating to attitudes toward government and urbanization.
The research identified a number of foundations in progress in environmental conservation and development, including the agreement of all three groups on the need for more cross-group communication and training. Persistent obstacles to environmental and developmental progress were also noted with ineffective government and systemic corruption at the top of the list.2010 0-7734-3754-1
This study employs Gramscian theory as an interpretive grid in examining the use of Christianity by European colonizers to facilitate their oppression of Africans on the continent and in diaspora. The work clarifies how the western powers utilized their religion in North America, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya to justify their exploitation of Blacks and how many Africans, as Christian converts, assisted them to accomplish their imperialist goals. In addition, this research explains how other Blacks, in these same locations, interpreted their own religious tradition or revised western Christianity to form liberatory ideologies that legitimated their struggle for freedom and inspired their communities to oppose subordination.2006 0-7734-5908-1
The West African Research Association (WARA) was founded for the purpose of promoting scholarly collaboration between American and West African researchers and to increase interest in international affairs among Americans through a reciprocal program of research exchange between scholars and institutions. It is the first institution of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, one of fifteen American overseas research centers around the world founded by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with help from the Smithsonian Institute.
In June 1997, WARA held its first international symposium in Dakar, Senegal titled West Africa and the Global Challenge
. Approximately 150 scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Africa attended this meeting, and the sessions were divided under three broad headings: The African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean; West African Research in History, Art, Languages, Religion, Culture, and Literature; and Contemporary Issues in Society, Environment, Technology, and Education.
This is a compilation of selected essays that were presented at the 1997 symposium. The work strives to achieve the views and discussions from the first annual WARA symposium and its continuing contribution to the ongoing dialogue of West African issues.1990 0-88946-519-3
A bibliography on West Africa which covers the years up to 1988. Areas covered include: agricultural finance; capital; credit; agricultural labor and rural manpower; environmental economics; human resources development; agricultural products; demand, supply, and prices; land tenure; marketing; public policy and programs; technological change; and socio-economic research.2015 0-7734-0087-7
The first in a series of joint venture scholarly explorations into the Czech-African relationship. The monograph brings together several aspects of Czechoslovak-African relations mainly in historical perspective covering major events and views on Africa dealing with different periods and different regions of Africa and the various roles Czechs or Slovaks had in these places.1993 0-7734-9707-2
First study of its kind in African medical history. It reconstructs the medical history of people in eastern Zambia and the Kilombero valley in south-central Tanzania over a period of about 2000 years. Based on written and personal interviews.2009 0-7734-3856-4
Few published studies have thoroughly treated the history of European planning practices in the overseas colonial territories. This is especially true regarding the African continent in general and sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Interest in the indigenous response to the formal organisation of the colonial settlement has only been manifest in the last few decades. In addition, French and British colonial policies and practices in West Africa, particularly with regard to town planning, have rarely been analysed together within the same intellectual framework.” This book contains eleven black and white photographs and two color photographs.2014 0-7734-2575-6
Christianity has become a major influence on African life. This book studies the way that sixteen African widows cope with grief by turning to Christology. Their daily lives are documented and show that they survive through their faith in Jesus. Most of them pray almost everyday, and their relationship with God reflects the different ways that each of them experiences grief. Several of the widows lacked genuine and binding companionship because people consider them burdens. So they stay away from public spaces and feel lonely, which could be the reason why they compensate by creating a relationship with God. Most of these women also conceal their loneliness because it often creates worry and anxiety in their children so they cry alone and in private.2005 0-7734-6018-7
The last decades of the 20th century witnessed a massive wave of human rights activities, which was positively received by both the general public and the ruling elites of several societies. Many African governments recognized the human rights groups, although the latter were often placed under tight security surveillance, or incorporated into government-controlled structures at the expense of their original or autonomous roles. In political terms, this ghosting process comprises the usurpation of the modern democratic government and civil society by authoritative exclusionary policies. As occurred in many cases, the ghosting policies preempt the democratic context of popular activities by replacing them with state’s agenda to maintain only the authoritative structure and the security functioning of the state. This subservient relationship is clearly evident in the replacement of democratic regimes by military coup in the Sudan, as well as in most African nations, since independence to the present time. The hands of colonialism – and now globalization – are clearly reflected in human rights issues in Africa: governments known for inefficient, rude, and chaotic bureaucratic structures; selfish leaders who stir ethnic and religious conflict for personal gain; rapid, undirected urbanization; the exodus of intellectuals and experts; poor educational and health care systems; avaricious multinational corporations that control capital and technology pivotal to development; and staggering external debt. This book addresses the issues of human rights in Africa and confronts these challenges.2006 0-7734-6008-X
African countries suffer from a serious lack in civil rights and public freedoms more than industrial countries do. This lacking, by itself, explains the low levels of reform so far attained in the criminal justice system, in general, and prisons, in particular. In many cases, the state authorities recognized formally some of the internationally-recognized fundamental rights and public freedoms via constitutional or statutory law. Some of this recognition appeared in the prison regulations of a few African nations. The authority’s negation of the right to organize trade unions, professional associations, political parties, or non-governmental human rights organizations, nonetheless, violated grossly the human rights of citizens, especially the powerless groups of prisoners, women and juveniles. Added to the urgent need to fulfill the States Parties’ obligation to the United Nations’ humanitarian law and the standard minimum rules for the treatment of offenders, the African penal institutions must be reformed by democratic methods to allow the public at large, as well as policy makers, to implement the best ways possible to reform the criminal justice, crime prevention, and the prison inmates. A full implementation of such programs, however, would be possibly enforceable only within a political and administrative system of rule that would be highly committed to the human rights of citizens, regardless of their penal status, especially the right to life, the civil and political rights, and the other economic, social, and cultural rights.2009 0-7734-4701-6
This work examines Vincent McCauley’s great contribution to the church of Eastern Africa through his implementation of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). McCauley served the church in Eastern Africa for almost 25 years, implementing his ideas on the importance of indigenous clergy and education, which he had learned as a missionary in East Bengal.1993 0-7734-2234-X
This study examined the implementation process of a new teacher training program in Sierra Leone. The project was meant as an experiment in solving some of the national and sectoral problems facing the country, by training primary school teachers for rural areas -- the "Bunumbu Project". Case study methodology was used in collecting data. Included were observations in pilot schools and the college; related project documents; interviews with project designers, administrators, college authorities, tutors, community people, and past and present students. Data was presented in qualitative form, and examined in the light of three questions: To what degree was the project implemented; were project objectives achieved; and what impact did the project have on the community within a 20-mile radius of the college. This study details the conclusions of the analysis.1997 0-7734-8587-22003 0-7734-6821-8
These essays present new critical perspectives on the dynamic configurations of music, religion (indigenous, Islam, Christian), and ritual in contemporary African societies. Examples demonstrate issues and processes of accommodation, the construction of religious, ethnic, and cultural identities, and local articulations of gender and the aesthetic. Examples from African-American Pentecostalism, independent Christianity, Tumbuka healing, Yoruba kingship ritual, Senegalese Sufism, etc confirm both common and divergent patterns in African cultural traditions.2015 1-4955-0277-5
This work investigates knowledge systems intrinsic to African civilizations to ascertain ways in which those systems can help validate or invalidate the argument pertaining to the existence of an African epistemology. This approach calls for a paradigm shift in conceptualizing and researching African epistemology free from Eurocentric and Afrocentric biases.1991 0-7734-9726-9
A study of the three bundles of Arabic Manuscripts from the Guinea Coast found in 1963 at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. The first part focuses on the examination of the instructions for making charms and amulets. The second part reviews factors that explain the popularity of Muslim charms in Asante. Pays particular attention to specific historical events in Asante from 1804 to 1867.2003 0-7734-6806-4
Using the ECOWAS experience in Liberia, the book analyses the strengths and weaknesses of regional intervention in internal wars. It convincingly argues that in conditions of state collapse sovereignty cannot be invoked; that economic, political and military issues must be addressed for any successful regional intervention; and that security outcomes of an intervention help to judge its success or failure.1993 0-7734-9236-4
This analytical and empirical study traces antecedents to the development of Japan's African policy and considers the implications of Japan's imperial past vis-a-vis Africa's colonial legacy for the shaping of that policy. It also weighs relevant domestic and external factors which impinge on political actors both in Japan and Africa. Examines the evolution of foreign diplomacy in Japan, economic relations, cultural and psychological dimensions. Finally, it speculates on the future role of Japan in Africa's international economic and political relations.2006 0-7734-5898-0
For most liberation movements, the primary vehicle has historically been an armed struggle. This was true for the American Revolution, and is true for the various independent movements that campaigned against foreign rule in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Seldom has a liberation movement given primacy to theory over military confrontation. Amilcar Cabral was, however, an exception to this rule. While Cabral did not totally eschew armed insurgency, he campaigned fervently to hinge the liberation of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau on philosophical underpinnings. Arguing for what he describes as the “weapon of theory,” Amilcar Cabral, founder of the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea (PAIGC) and a major figure in the struggle against Portuguese colonial rule in Africa, highlights the pivotal role of culture in national liberation and nation building. This book is the product of a collection of scholars who have come together to interpret, synthesize and give new meaning to the life and philosophy of Amilcar Cabral. While the focus here is on Cabral and his thoughts, the lesson, like all philosophical lessons, is universal and immortal. For any people victimized by oppression, there is an alternative to armed conflict. Cabral informs us that that alternative is “the weapon of theory.”2016 1-4955-0475-1
This book analyzes international politics in the Sahara, describing the Mali crisis and the coup d’état of March 2012 that lead to the collapse of the State. Themes include the weaknesses of African States, democratic governance, decentralization and political legitimacy: terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism; corporate competition for cocaine, hashish, weapons, oil, gas, and uranium; droughts and demography; and poverty of Mali’s vulnerable women, children and refugees - victims of political instability.2007 0-7734-5341-5
This study examines medicine and health, colonialism and Christian missionary efforts in Central Africa through the case-study of the Livingstonia Mission of the Free Church of Scotland in Malawi between 1875 and 1930. The author describes ideas, practices and experiences of illness, health and medicine among missionaries, Africans and colonialists in the Northern Malawi region. This book contains two color maps.1985 0-88946-176-7
Poewe draws a disturbing picture of a Herero society that is radically unbalanced but driven by an indomitable will to survive. Her case material and oral histories are "frightening yet fascinating." - World Development2002 0-7734-6954-01991 0-7734-9696-3
This study of African politics and public policies is an effort to understand the dynamism of African politics from within its own internal constraint. The emphasis is on the analysis of the local conditions because dependency theory has already been exhausted in the studies of the political economy.1997 0-7734-8440-X
This book presents a new perspective on race and color by introducing a new approach to research on the subject. It explores the thesis that in regard to the Black race and race-related colors and concepts in American society, Outer- vs. Inner-oriented Caucasians may carry different fear and evaluative associative thought patterns, may have different connotative meanings for race and race-related colors and concepts, may show fear differently in terms of projections and level of fear when the Black race is a factor in regard to power and intimacy. The book explores the symbolic link between anti-black dispositions and fear of, as well as evaluative attributions about, the nature of the Unconscious.2005 0-7734-6147-7
This work is an exploration into the writing, cultural and theatrical aesthetics of African writer and director, Ola Rotimi. It is a quest and search for an authentic African esthetic that has been transformed by at least two centuries of the European colonization. This work focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of the Ori Olokun theatre under the artistic direction of Ola Rotimi. It reviews Ola Rotimi’s vision and impact with the Ori Olokun Company, and his quest to formulate a truly authentic African theatre, void of the imported European sensibility and colonially inherited aesthetic. The unique creative achievement of Rotimi’s work at the Ori Olokun theatre, is that it evolved out of the ivory towers of the University, an ‘unfriendly’ territory as far as the indigenous theatre is concerned. Ola Rotimi dedicated his art to exploring the traditional/indigenous artistic expressions of the Nigeria people at a point when the African aesthetic had completely lost ground to the European value system. Three of Rotimi’s historical plays are analyzed to understand and locate his historical perspective. Rotimi tackles the controversial issue of an appropriate language for the African theatre, an issue that has dominated African theatre for the past half century. His solution is that writers must ‘tamper with the English language to temper it’s Englishness’. Clearly, what makes Rotimi unique, is that he brings to his plays, the linguistic characteristics and nuances that are authentic to African people.2001 0-7734-7515-X
This is a wide-ranging review of past and present land tenurial change and the recommended future evolution of land policies in anglophone Africa. Viewed against the influence of recent political events, and current difficulties, needs and potentials are investigated and recommendations made which could permit modernization while respecting traditional values. The approach throughout is legal, institutional and administrative. Alternative ideological solutions are explored through the medium of past legislative attempts and subsequent failures.1995 0-7734-9031-0
This work (which springs from Senegalese and African oral cultures and traditions, and is the work of an observer and writer from within Wolof culture) provides new insights to the fields of oral and comparative literature. The epic tale contained in the manuscript, (The Epic Tale of the Waalo Kingdom) was collected in the town of Rosso-Sénégal from the griot Sèq Ñan (and the performance was recorded on videotape). Notes to the performance text treat various details relating to Wolof culture and history. The historic and mythic aspects are compared to other oral cultures, drawing from theories derived from ancient Indo-European (Gilgamesh), medieval European (the chanson de geste, Beowulf), classical European (Homer), Arabic and oriental (the Arabic Hilaliya folk tradition). Specialists and experts of Islamic studies will also find this book useful as there is a detailed study of Islam in Senegal and West Africa: the advent of Islam through trade and commercial exchanges between North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara desert; the mixing of Semitic, Islamic an Arabic motifs and inscriptions (the Old Testament, the flood myth, Genesis, the Qur'an) with indigenous African traditional beliefs, religions, and lore. A second oral text collected from Sèq Ñan, a genealogy of the rulers of Waalo, is provided in Wolof and English in an appendix, along with a Wolof text of the genealogy written in Arabic characters. There is also an interview (concerning the transmission of traditional knowledge) with the blind Wolof griot Ancumbu Caam and his son Magate Caam.2009 0-7734-4718-0
This book examines the states of pre-colonial Sub-Saharan Africa – their different origins and institutions, their evolution and development, and the enduring strength of their traditions in present-day Africa. This book contains nineteen black and white photographs and four black and white maps.1997 0-7734-8432-9
As it has been in the past, Pan-Africanism is today a target of ferocious assaults by its detractors. Bloodied by global capitalist forces opposed to Africa's unification and volarization, it has also been assaulted in the name of 'Christianity' and in the cause of Marxism. And now it faces new assaults at the call of cultural universalism. These latest attacks, unleashed from Harvard University's Department of Afro-American Studies, variously belittle the salience of race, deny the reality of race altogether, and trivialize or repudiate African history. This book provides rigorous and comprehensive intellectual rebuttals to these attacks. It will interest those in African and African-Diasporan Studies, Race and Ethnic Politics, Studies in Race and Class, and studies in Ideology and Politics.2003 0-7734-6842-0
This special reference work, also called the ABCN Lexicon, consists of words, locutions, organizations, and essays whose titles contain such terms as Africa/African/Africain/Africano/Afro; Bantu/Black; Color/Colour/Colored/Coloured; and Negro/Negre/Noir and its variations. It provides the reader with invaluable information regarding what black Africans have done for themselves. It is full of ABCN phenomena, conditions, problems, and solutions as well as heroic and other kinds of actions, and organizations. It includes lexical definitions and basic information about organizations. They were chosen for their cultural, economic, historical, religious, and social significance to the African world. Most of the entries are written by well-established scholars and have been published in refereed journals, books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.1989 0-88946-186-4
Contends that African educational institutions, especially those designed for the achievement and maintenance of African unity, will not fail. Describes and explains the perpetuation of the concept of African unity through education.1991 0-7734-9705-6
Reproduces in photogravure original pages from several manuscripts of the classical Swahili poem on the Death of the Prophet. The poem is an important witnesss to lore concerning death and especially the death of that paradigmatic human being, the Prophet, among African, West Indian Ocean and Islamic people. Complete transliteration and translation of one manuscript, excerpts from others and of a quotation in a woven mat, with notes on how to decipher and edit texts and literature.2011 0-7734-1390-1
This book examines the critical issues and trends in cultural transformation in Africa by examining the relationship between universal values and African cultures.1997 0-7734-8683-6
This work articulates the dominant view of the post-independence generation of Africa, an attempt to place empirical facts before rigid dogma. It examines the real questions of development that faced Africa and how they were managed from a socio-political and economic perspective. It provides a new conceptual perspective and methodological approach, because the writer does not believe that the production relations of the developed economies should be applied to states with largely underutilized factors and an undercapitalized private sector.2008 0-7734-4864-0
This work contributes to the scholarship on the link between environmental degradation and conflict challenges faced by the Nile Basin countries by investigating determinants of collective action. The study will be useful to national leaders in crafting a new Nile River Agreement, and policy makers and scholars involved in water issues.2013 0-7734-4290-1
The first comprehensive book to critically examine and analyze the political impact of politics on ethnicity, region and religion starting from the colonial period under the French imperial rule of assimilation to the independence and post-independence periods of the Côte d’Ivoire.2000 0-7734-7652-01992 0-7734-9964-4
Discusses class- and ethnic-based explanations of troubled race relations in Guyana. Examines the influence of class and ethnicity on political affiliation, specifically focusing on the development of political consciousness in adolescents of Guyana. Uses oblique strategy and local conversational mode to maximize informants' involvement and avoids subordinating their perspective on their society's problems.2002 0-7734-7106-51996 0-7734-8969-X
This unique volume traces the historical presence of Africans, African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It examines historical issues which have contributed to the problems of race relations in the church, and also challenges the church either to correct or reinterpret its doctrines, as the book shows some of them to have been based on false historical assumptions. Its documentation and scholarship through primary sources is impeccable but provocative.2007 0-7734-5460-8
This book, using Nigeria as a case study, examines the role and place of lawyers in Africa in this era of hope and optimism. It provides an illuminating perspective on how lawyers operate in a society anxious to embrace democracy, but still crippled by past attitudes, weak and ineffectual institutions, corruption, and the recrudescence of primordial ethnic sentiments. Though the focus is on Nigeria, the book refers to other countries to highlight, by contrast or comparison, the central issues faced by lawyers all over the African continent. These findings are relevant to other African countries because the social pathologies that disfigure Nigeria are prevalent in most, if not all, African nations. Despite these problems, the democratic impulse remains strong in the continent of Africa. Nearly all African countries put their faith in constitutional democracy despite its debasement by the political elites. They are all increasingly dependent on law to help promote social equilibrium and consolidate constitutional democracy.2001 0-7734-7408-0
Chapters examine the issues of political leadership and governance; social issues including chaotic health care systems, inadequate educational systems, overcrowded cities, ethnic conflicts, diseases, and environmental degradation; economic issues, trade theory and strategy, privatization, and the external debt burden; African history and traditions; and a prognosis on Africa’s future. This book will interest educators and students in African development studies, policy makers, and inter-governmental organization decision-makers.1990 0-88946-283-6
Deals with health-coping mechanisms in the Zionist church, and how the employ of religious powers for healing is carried out. Focuses on the mystical powers which are used to combat illness. In a situation of religious pluralism, the Zionists are unique in their construction of "havens of health" or sheltered communities which provide care for the afflictions of the urban poor.2015 1-4955-0305-9
This groundbreaking research is concerned about the impact of African governments’ criminal penalties for defamatory statements and policies restricting the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression. This book examines how the intolerant culture in African politics is used to deprive citizens and the media of these human rights.2012 0-7734-4054-2
Public policy is a process that evolves from a coalition of actors. In this book the authors take us through the step by step process of decision making and implementation of policy initiatives in the country of Ghana. Although the desired outcomes did not always occur, these initiatives can tell scholars and policy-makers what works and does not work in a developing country along with contingency variables that make a difference in policy areas.2006 0-7734-5954-5
The aim and objective of this book is to examine four associated topics: (1) global Pan Africanism; (2) the intellectual ideas of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois; (3) the cultural and economic ideas of Marcus Garvey; and (4) a critical assessment of Africana historiography. Centered within each chapter, contributors have provided an interdisciplinary analysis of issues and schema that address Africana phenomena from a social service lens. Likewise, the objective for coordinating this work makes an ongoing advance and contribution to the forward flow of research and data in the field of Africana studies. Additionally, the assembly of essays in this volume aspires to offer an alternative analysis to examining the perplexities and dispatches regarding the construct of institutional and individual systematic subordination on an international level.2003 0-7734-6658-4
This study provides up to date information in the field of African telecommunications policy and access. It includes information on a broad range of topics, including the growth of wireless telephones, documentation of bilateral and multilateral participation in African telecommunications development, organizations that run the gamut from broadcasting to new media, policy structures, country case studies, and more. Continent-wide information is provided along with specific, in-depth analyses of Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa1993 0-7734-9351-4
Using Nigeria as a case study and drawing copious illustrations from other African countries, in particular, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa, this work discusses the significance of language in the process by which post-colonial African societies have been constructing their identity. It engages in both an historical and contemporary analysis of the central role of European - and, sometimes, African - languages in the process of state construction and in group conflicts. Its adoption of a multidisciplinary approach provides valuable background information for scholars and teachers in African politics, linguistics, literature, education, and International Studies.2008 0-7734-5041-6
This study, which also outlines the general problems of oral history, will be of interest to writers and students of oral history, particularly ethno-historians and anthropologists. This book contains two black and white photographs.2015 1-4955-0403-4
This multi-sited, transnational dissent from the widely acclaimed book, Alabama in Africa
by Andrew Zimmerman challenges Zimmerman’s argument, evidence, and conclusions about the details and import of the Tuskegee Institute’s impact on the history of West Africa.
No study of transnational work has gained more attention than Andrew Zimmerman’s Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South.
It instantly rose to broad influence in 2011, but Robert J. Norrell contends that Zimmerman is wrong on virtually all his major claims. Norrell insists that Alabama in Africa
often relies on shallow or tendentious argument. An American black man, Zimmerman claims, is in large part responsible for the maltreatment of Africans in a German colony and therefore bears guilt for the brutality that Germans showed throughout Africa and that carried over to all their international relations afterward. The leading social scientists brought into Zimmerman’s story – Gustav von Schmoller, Max Weber, and Robert Park – are also extracted from their real circumstances and cast into contexts more of Zimmerman’s making than reflections of reality.1995 0-7734-8887-1
These essays explore the issue of inappropriate indigenised social work education and practice models for Africa. It highlights this difficult and complex undertaking by discussing issues and processes related to social work theory, practice and education within the socio-cultural and economic contexts. They cover issues related to social work and social development, indigenisation of social work practice, education, poverty alleviation, social welfare policy, and mental health.1995 0-7734-8898-7
Drawing on the recent work of historians of Africa, this volume questions the contemporary wisdom about maps of Africa. This book suggests that the history of African cartography has been misinterpreted. The transformation or revolution in the evolving cartography occurred not in the eighteenth century, as much of the literature suggests, but with the imposition of colonial rule, and continued through five or six decades, when map makers responded to totally new requirements. The text reviews the cartography of Africa and its associated literature from earliest times. Detailed studies of the cartographic histories of the former British colonial territories of Zambia, Swaziland and Botswana, from pre-colonial times to independence and beyond, support the author's premise.1991 0-7734-9637-8
Working for the Commonwealth Secretariat, advising Government Ministries of Social Development and Youth Development on policy and programme strategies to deal with youth unemployment, and training field staff from 1980-1985, Stephen Chan grew disillusioned with the planning orthodoxies of government ministries and international agencies alike. These essays, collected here for the first time, present a spirited rejection of development orthodoxies, while providing thoughtful contributions to the development debate. The text is in two basic parts, one to do with youth and social development, the other with the more general question of development aid which forms a context for any social development.2000 0-7734-7839-6
This volume is a pre-colonial economic history drawn from field research that benefits from the debates within southern African history arising from the literatures of dependency, peasantization, and articulation of the 1980s and from the more recent critique by the social and cultural historians of the 1990s. It is an excavation of historical knowledge and production undertaken two decades after the initial fieldwork and theoretical readings that inform this study, and is thus not only an exemplar of the intellectual debates of the 1970s, but an important critique of that period and its projects and a reminder of the distinction among varieties of history that emanate from their historical and social locations.1992 0-7734-9182-1
This volume examines the Judeo-Christian concept of prophetism from the tenth century BCE to the first century CE and modern African prophetism from the 18th to 20th centuries. It analyzes five main themes: the cosmological significance of the sacred mountain, socio-religious and politico-economic significance of the cosmic mountain, the prophet's role, pilgrimage of eschatological hope motif, and Afro-Israelite common socio-religious and political traditions.2006 0-7734-5535-3
This book on Islam and Islamic cultures focuses on the practice of Islam among indigenous people of West Africa. The author shows the importance of the sub-region in the development of Islam by documenting the long history of the religion in Black Africa. New ground is broken by analyzing the increasing impact of globalization and economic underdevelopment on the Islamic experience in West Africa. The author further contends that the worsening economic crisis and the total destruction of traditional systems of social and economic support by globalization in the developing world have led to a search for alternative spiritual meanings. He concludes that the prevailing image of Islam now portrayed in the West, is one that is not geared toward informing the public about the religion of Islam, but one certain to generate further hatred towards the religion and people of Arabic heritage.1998 0-7734-8196-6
A new series on the Oral History of the ibandla lamaNazaretha, the Nazareth Baptist Church of South Africa, the largest African Independent Church among the Zulu-speaking people of Southern Africa.
Oral histories from the following districts: Umbumbulu, Umzinto, Emzumbe, Bhacha, Ndwedwe, Maphumulo, Natal Midlands, Msinga, Mtunzini, Empangeni, Melmoth, Nongoma, Hlabisa, Ladysmith, Vryheid and Paulpietersburg, Swaziland, and Umbombo2002 0-7734-7291-6
This collection consists of translations of the first printed form of the church’s teachings and practices - the original ‘protoscriptures’ dictated by the Nazarite founder Isaiah Shembe and his successor JG Shembe, as assembled and issued for catechetical purposes by the Church archivist, Petros Musawenkosi Dlomo. Included are excerpts from Dlomo’s biographical portrait of the founder drawn from oral and written sources.
Table of contents:
Part I - The ‘Grave Book’ of Isaiah Shembe (Counsels, Prayers, Parables, Letters, Marriage)
Part II - The ‘Revived Law’ of Johannes Galilee Shembe (Maidens and Marriage, Funerary, ‘Reminder of the Statute’, Catechism of the Nazarites, Baptismal Catechism, Catechism of Holy Communion)
Chapter excerpts from the biographical ‘Book of the Birth of the Prophet Shembe’
7 appendices (including apocryphal protoscriptures), and facsimile pages from the original Zulu text.2002 0-7734-7335-1
The third in a new series on the Oral History of the ibandla lamaNazaretha, the Nazareth Baptist Church of South Africa, the largest African Independent Church among the Zulu-speaking people of Southern Africa.2006 0-7734-5741-0
This is a study of two Zulu women, storytellers, one who performed stories in 1868, the other in 1972. Lydia umkaSethemba and Asilita Philisiwe Khumalo are two African women, one hundred years apart, both accomplished storytellers: their stories, in their similarities and variations, provide insights into the nature of stories and the evolving of stories from one generation to the next. At the core of their stories are identical structural underpinnings; the facade of those stories varies to the point that the narratives seem wholly unlike. Each of the women takes a traditional tale from the oral repertory, and, as storytellers have done from the beginning, organizes tradition as a context for the contemporary world. In each case, an ideal world is envisioned, for Lydia umkaSethemba a world of plenty, a realm distinct from the reality of her environs in the 1860s. For Asilita Philisiwe Khumalo, it is a world of freedom, an escape from the apartheid reality that characterized her country in the 1970s. The two raconteurs build their works around familiar swallowing monster stories, conventional movements into the heavens, seasoned tales dealing with transformation from one being to another. Each takes the familiar and makes it peculiarly her own.1992 0-7734-9184-8
This collection of six essays by leading African authorities provides a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of the structural adjustment programs of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Sub-Saharan Africa, and the alternative avenues for resolving the continent's current economic and political crisis. The volume, which also contains discussion of the essays by other academics and policy-makers, represents a thorough examination of the change in official policy on the poorest and most marginalized of the world's regions. Essays include: The Dimensions of the African Crisis (Adebayo Adedeji); The Legitimacy Crisis of the State (Claud Ake); The Peasant Question and the Contemporary Crisis (Mahmood Mamdani); What Next for African Women? (Marie-Angélique Savané); The View from the World Bank (Dunstan Wai); The Social Dimensions of Structural Adjustment (Sheila Smith).2001 0-7734-7435-8
This assembly of essays probes the enslavement of African people from an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines Europe, the Caribbean, the United States, and indentured servitude in Africa itself.
“In sum, Dr. Conyers’ research in this manuscript is groundbreakin, seeking to provide a greater breadth and depth of insight on enslavement from the standpoint of the Africa. . . . he has simultaneously set a high standards for scholarly research in both the academy and the discipline of Africana Studies while offering a thoughtful view of the Africana experience from the standpoint of African people’s plight in enslavement worldwide.” – Andrew P. Smallwood2003 0-7734-6825-0
This analysis identifies the genesis of the African revolutions in an altered ideological setting within the global polity and civil society after World War II. The revolutionary crises originated in the conflict between white settler colonial states and African nationalists in an era when the issue of national self-determination and racial equality had become politicized on a global scale. Specifically, this work examines eight cases: Kenya, Cameroon, Algeria, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.2002 0-7734-7076-X2009 0-7734-4757-1
This work examines and decodes African ways of thinking and learning, beliefs and value systems, while faulting the ambivalence that has attended the study of the subject in the past. It uses pedagogical, historical, sociological and critical thinking, and postmodern, postcolonial, and feminist theoretical approaches to interrogate ways in which lifelong learning has been experienced in Africa.2006 0-7734-5727-5
Magical practices, witchcraft, and warfare in the African continent during the XIX and XX centuries offer interesting opportunities towards a better understanding not only of African societies, but most of all, of their historical role in numerous political and military conflicts and also within peace-building processes, which represent a continuation of a topic of long-standing concern in African history.
This collection extends the time period from the colonial to the post-colonial, but it also broadens the focus from invocations of the supernatural in military and political mobilization, to rituals of healing in post-conflict societies, the latter, until now, being a field more studied by anthropologists.
The majority of contributions are here analyzing cases from Sub-Saharan Africa, starting from West Africa, to Uganda, and concentrating on East Africa, mainly Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique, ending in Zimbabwe, and South Africa. From the historical, institutional and military points of view, African colonial history clashed against African magical practices and witchcraft, and, in many occasions, colonial authorities of the time did persecute major representatives of these practices, also with the use of force. The object of this volume is showing how practices of magic, and in some contributions also witchcraft, did reveal and still reveal today as very much useful instruments within political fights, sometimes with the object of violent oppositions and revolutions, sometimes with the object of status quo preservation processes. Another attractive feature of this collection of essays is the combination of young academics (who opened their research to future analysis) together with internationally well-established scholars such as Bernardi, Uzoigwe, Owusu, and Ranger. Terence Ranger is without question the leading historian of African employment of magic and of witchcraft eradication movements in modern Africa. The opportunity of filling a gap in this important subject is absolutely unique, and many scholars and researchers, as well as policy makers, will benefit of this effort.2004 0-7734-6520-0
This work is an analysis of the music and politics of Fela Anikulapo-kuti. It traces Fela’s development through several stages of political consciousness, awareness and artistic maturity. His evolution from Fela Ransome-Kuti to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and from Koola Lobito’s to Nigeria 70 to Africa 70 and ultimately Egypt 80.
He had spent a life producing music that spoke to the existence of the masses in Africa. He had also spent a tremendous amount of time in court, in prison, in jail and receiving beatings from the army and police. Through it all, he remained true to his vision and his music.2004 0-7734-6443-3
This massive book of Swahili songs, with English translations, contains 28 chapters of categorized songs. Contains a long introduction setting the songs in historical context.2002 0-7734-7066-22005 0-7734-6193-0
This two-volume book (each volume sold seperately) is a series of essays on the culture of the people who live on the east coast of Africa between the border of Somalia in the north and the Mozambique border in the south. The term ‘culture’ is to be taken in the widest sense. It includes ways of earning a livelihood, pastimes, sailing and other occupations as well as religion. Obviously not all aspects of culture could be represented in this work, which is the fruit of a lifetime of study. Every chapter in this work is the fruit of the author's own investigation of the East African coastal culture. Students of African Studies and advanced anthropology who read these essays will benefit from this work.2005 0-7734-6109-4
This two-volume book (each volume sold seperately) is a series of essays on the culture of the people who live on the east coast of Africa between the border of Somalia in the north and the Mozambique border in the south. The term ‘culture’ is to be taken in the widest sense. It includes ways of earning a livelihood, pastimes, sailing and other occupations as well as religion. Obviously not all aspects of culture could be represented in this work, which is the fruit of a lifetime of study. Every chapter in this work is the fruit of my own investigation of the East African coastal culture. Students of advanced anthropology might also, read these essays will benefit from this work.2015 0-7734-4256-1
The purpose of the book is to analyze a border city by trying to include a historical effort which includes the city of Tangiers in Morocco. The representations of the city are considered here from an in-depth analysis of the historical vision of its city and of its center, its boulevard, as well as from its different neighborhoods.1987 0-88946-181-3
While much of the writing on African religions is highly technical, this volume fills a gap for use in general-study courses in African religion.1991 0-7734-9675-0
A critical study which thoroughly and comprehensively explores the range and content of African verse. Embraces oral poetry and francophone verse.2015 0-7734-4274-X
This book is a study of the relationship between African political theory and the politics of liberation. It elucidates the dialectical inter-relationship between the political philosophical views of these thinkers and the political, social and economic contexts of their respective countries.1995 0-7734-2291-9
This work demonstrates a continuity between Christianity and the Akan/African religio-cultural traditions, by working with the Christian biblical metaphor of the Kingdom of God. It proceeds in five steps: the problem of cultural alienation in contemporary Africa; the way the Kingdom of God functions as a symbol in the preaching of Jesus; an examination of the Akan belief in the Kingship of Onyame, 'God'; the possibility of proclaiming the Christian symbol of the Kingdom to the Akan; and drawing various theological conclusions to demonstrate the affirmation of substantive continuity between Christian and African traditions to pave the way for a Christian theology reflecting an African ethos.1989 0-88946-188-0
Describes two differing concepts of death and death rituals, those of Modernism and Traditionalism, and depicts, through the story medium, how they wrestle for preeminence at funerals.1992 0-7734-9498-7
The Commonwealth Secretariat was established in 1965 as a means of displacing Britain's central role in the association of her former colonies. Since then it has spearheaded resistance to British policy particularly over Southern Africa. Disagreements between the Commonwealth body and Britain came to a head during Mrs. Thatcher's tenure as British Prime Minister. This book chronicles, summit by summit, the tumultuous confrontations of her era and their importance in the diplomatic history of the Commonwealth.2002 0-7734-7173-12012 0-7734-2920-4
Sociologists can learn a lot from studying a group’s media consumption patterns. In this study, Ogunyemi researches what stories are most resonant with Black Africans living in England. The book tries to discover whether or not this minority group adopts normative approaches to media coverage, by not only consuming but participating in media. It also discusses the omission of African stories by the mainstream media in England. This book will contribute to understanding ethnic media trends.2007 0-7734-5450-0
This study spotlights language as a tool of scholarly discourse in analyzing the stories created with it by one writer, C.L.S. Nyembezi, while also considering the Zulu language’s own process of self-revelation within its socio-cultural context. It is shown that Zulu has qualities not present in the English language which call particular attention to such elements as are unique to its literature. This study questions whether or not any culture has the right to claim exclusive ownership of the criteria of literary excellence.