African Visions

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The complexity of African society entering the 21st century necessitates an interdisciplinary examination of Africa's political, social, and cultural developments and challenges. Focusing on Social Movements and Literature, Social Change and Culture, the book brings together a wide range of essays by committed scholars, writers, and activists concerned with progressive approaches to Africa's dilemmas.

Beginning with an overview by anthropologist Cheryl Mwaria, African Visions ...

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Overview

The complexity of African society entering the 21st century necessitates an interdisciplinary examination of Africa's political, social, and cultural developments and challenges. Focusing on Social Movements and Literature, Social Change and Culture, the book brings together a wide range of essays by committed scholars, writers, and activists concerned with progressive approaches to Africa's dilemmas.

Beginning with an overview by anthropologist Cheryl Mwaria, African Visions addresses such issues as structural adjustments, religious freedom, human rights, democratization, educational movements, and health care. Particular analyses consider intellectual property, student activism, and the AIDS epidemic. Mwaria, Federici, and McLaren also explore the way social and cultural questions have been treated in literary works and theoretical studies dealing with hybridity, sexual politics, literacy, socialist orientations, and language. Noted literary scholars Odun Balogun and Alamin Mazrui consider aspects of these issues. The collection also examines trends in literature, publishing, and theater in such countries as Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, and South Africa in relation to themes such as gender, popular culture, African novels, and protest. Highlighting articles by two of Africa's leading activist/writers Dennis Brutus of South Africa, stressing regional cooperation, and Ngûgî wa Thiong'o of Kenya, advocating African languages, African Visions avoids the pessimism associated with numerous 20th century studies. Brutus and Ngûgî consider the economic and cultural effects of globalization and the necessity for promoting self-determination. An essential resource for all scholars and students concerned with contemporary African life and culture.

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An anthology of 18 essays published under the auspices of Hofstra University, which hosted the October 1995 conference where some of them were first presented. Scholars, political activists, and artists discuss the future of Africa. Many of them are originally from Africa and are now working in the US. Among the social movements they describe are the international intellectual property regime and the enclosure of African knowledge, and the new African student movement. The offerings on literature, social change, and culture include looks at white women and black revolutionaries in four novels by Nadine Gordimer, and trends and prospects of the Nigerian novel in English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275971021
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

CHERYL B. MWARIA is a medical anthropologist who is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of African Studies at Hofstra University.

SILVIA FEDERICI is Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Philosophy at New College, Hofstra University.

JOSEPH McLAREN is an Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University. He has written extensively on black literature and culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Social Movements
Poem: "What Is the Soul of Africa?" 1
1 Africa 2000: In the New Global Context 3
2 The International Intellectual Property Regime and the Enclosure of African Knowledge 7
3 Mijikenda Perspectives on Freedom, Culture and Human "Rights" 15
4 Structural Adjustment and the African Diaspora in Italy 29
5 The New African Student Movement 49
6 Academic Pursuits Under the LINK 67
7 Democratization and Interventionism in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa 85
8 A Vision of the Past as a Beacon for the Future: The Application of Fatimid Ideas in the City of Cairo 105
9 Women, AIDS and the Female Condom: Preventing HIV in Southern Africa 137
Pt. II Literature, Social Change and Culture
Poem: "The Monstrous Instrument" 153
10 African Languages and Global Culture in the Twenty-first Century 155
11 Hybridity, Neouniversalist Cultural Theory, and the Comparative Study of Black Literatures 163
12 White Women, Black Revolutionaries: Sex and Politics in Four Novels by Nadine Gordimer 177
13 Popular Hausa Drama in Niger and the Politics of Its Appropriation 193
14 Developmental Pleasures, Education, Entertainment, and Popular Literacy in South Africa 209
15 Socialist-Oriented Literature in Postcolonial Africa: Retrospective and Prospective 219
16 The Nigerian Novel in English: Trends and Prospects 233
17 Writing In and Out of Algeria, Writing Algeria, Today 245
18 Post Apartheid Drama 253
Index 267
About the Editors and Contributors 275
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