Culture and Customs of Zambia

Culture and Customs of Zambia

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by Scott D. Taylor
     
 

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Zambia stands out in Africa as one of the continent's most peaceful countries. In its early years as an independent state, Zambia became a regional bulwark against imperialism and colonial domination and South African apartheid. Today, it stands out as an important example of Africa's recent democratization, experiencing both incredible success as well as some

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Zambia stands out in Africa as one of the continent's most peaceful countries. In its early years as an independent state, Zambia became a regional bulwark against imperialism and colonial domination and South African apartheid. Today, it stands out as an important example of Africa's recent democratization, experiencing both incredible success as well as some notable setbacks. The country is also one of the most urbanized in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a result of this urban influx, Zambia's diverse ethno-linguistic groups interact regularly. Moreover, many contemporary Zambian households, especially those in cities, are also exposed to the media, technology, and influences of western urbanized cultures, from Internet cafes to hip hop music. The interesting ways that tradition and modernity conflict and combine in contemporary Zambia are prime considerations in this book.

This book explores Zambia's culture, with an eye toward its historical experiences and its particular endowments. It focuses on how traditional and modern interact, and sometimes collide, in the country through topics such as religion, gender roles and family, cuisine, the arts, literature, and more. The major groups are examined to give the reader an idea about how many Zambians live.

Editorial Reviews

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"Emphasizing that culture is a thing of both continuity and change, this book presents a portrait of the African nation of Zambia's culture and custom in manner accessible to the general reader. After an introduction to Zambia's land, people, and history, chapters are presented on religion and worldview; literature and the media; art, architecture, and housing; cuisine and traditional dress; gender roles, marriage, and family; social customs and lifestyle; and music and dance. Also included are a chronology, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and an index." - Reference & Research Book News

"[A] top recommendation….[C]ulture and Customs of Zambia is the high school or college-level student's key to understanding the complex nation — and it's a perfect choice for reports." - Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313332463
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Series:
Culture and Customs of Africa Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Sales rank:
457,759
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

SCOTT D. TAYLOR is Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service and African Studies, at Georgetown University.

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