Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation / Edition 1by Roy Grinker, Christopher Steiner
The second edition of the popular reader Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation offers valuable new chapters showing the progress and continuity in the field of African studies. Forty five articles illustrate the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and/i>… See more details below
The second edition of the popular reader Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation offers valuable new chapters showing the progress and continuity in the field of African studies. Forty five articles illustrate the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and culture over the past several decades, and show how profoundly the ethnography of Africa has influenced the direction and development of anthropological and social theory. This new edition offers 14 new selections as well as two entirely new sections, “Conflict and Violent Transformations” and “Development, Governance, and Globalization,” in which the authors reveal processes that have had a vital influence on the historical trajectory and the daily experience of African people in the modern world.
Selections include distinguished anthropologists, historians, philosophers, and Africanists. Collectively they show the multiplicity of voices in African studies, and reveal the interpenetration of ideas and concepts within and across disciplines, regions, and historical periods.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Africa in Perspective.
Part I: From Tribe to Ethnicity: Kinship and Social Organization:.
1. The Structure of Unilineal Descent Groups: Meyer Fortes.
2. The Nuer: Time and Space: E. E. Evans-Pritchard.
3. The Illusion of the Tribe: Aidan W. Southall.
4. Ethnicity in Southern African History: Leroy Vail.
5. Of Totemisim and Ethnicity: Consciousness, Practice, and the Signs of Inequality: John L. Comaroff.
Part II: Economics as a Cultural System:.
6. Some Principles of Exchange and Investment among the Tiv: Paul Bohannan.
7. Lele Economy Compared with the Bushong: A Study of Economic Backwardness: Mary Douglas.
8. Informal Income Opportunities and Urban Employment in Ghana: Keith Hart.
9. Research on an African Mode of Production: Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch.
10. Bitter Money: Cultural Economy and Some African Meanings of Forbidden Commodities: Parker Shipton.
11. The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls Among the Nuer: Sharon Hutchinson.
Part III: Hunter-Gatherer Studies in Africa: The Mbuti, the Kung San, and Current Debates:.
12. The Lessons of the Pygmies: Colin Turnbull.
13. Houses and the Rainforest: Gender and Ethnicity Among the Lese and Efe of Zaire: Roy Richard Grinker.
14. Land Filled with Flies: A Political Economy of the Kalahari: Edwin N. Wilmsen.
15. Forargers, Genuine or Spurious?: Situating the Kalahari San in History: Jacqueline S. Solway and Richard B. Lee.
Part IV: Witchcraft, Science and Rationality: The Translation of Culture: .
16. Conversations of Rain-Making: David Livingston.
17. Witchcraft, Magic and Oracles Among the Azande: The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events: E. E. Evans-Pritchard.
18. Understanding a Primitive Society: Peter Winch.
19. African Traditional Thought and Western Science: Robin Horton.
20. Kinship, Witchcraft, and the "Market": Peter Geschiere.
Part V: Ancestors, Gods, and the Philosophy of Religion:.
21. Conversations with Ogotemmeli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas: Marcel Griaule.
22. African Philosophy: Myth and Reality: Paulin J. Hountondji.
23. How Man Makes God in West Africa: Yoruba Attitudes Towards the Orisa: Karin Barber.
24. Ancestors as Elders in Africa: Igor Kopytoff.
Part VI: Arts and Aesthetics:.
25. Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among the Afikpo Ibo: Simon Ottenberg.
26. Principles of Opposition and Vitality in Fangs Aesthetics: James W. Fernandez.
27. The Cycle and Stagnation of Smells: Patoralists-Fishermen Relationships in an East African Society: Uri Almagor.
28. In Township Tonight!South Africa's Black City Music and Theatre: David Coplan.
Part VII: Sex and Gender Studies in Africa:.
29. The Economics of Polygamy: Ester Boserup.
30. Women and Men, Cloth and Colonization: The Transformation of Production-Distribution amoung the Baule (Ivory Coast): Mona Etienne.
31. Sitting on a Man: Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women: Judith Van Allen.
32. Body Politics: Sexuality, Gender, and Domestic Service in Zambia: Karen Tranberg Hansen.
Part VIII: Europe in Africa: Colonialization:.
33. The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa: Methods of Ruling Native Races: Frederick D. Lugard.
34. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa: Walter Rodney.
35. The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa: Terrence Ranger.
36. Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary: Ngugi Wa Thiongo. Part IX: Nations and Nationalism: Introduction.
37. Negritude: A Humanisim of the Twentieth Century: Leopold Sedar Senghar.
38. On National Culture: Frantz Fanon.
39. Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Modernity: The Paradox of Mau Mau: Bruce J. Berman.
40. The Invisible Face: Masks, Ethnicity, and the State in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa: Christopher B. Steiner.
Part X: Representations and Discourse:.
41. Africa Observed: Discourses of the Imperial Imagination: Jean and John Comaroff.
42. Ethnography of Africa: The Usefulness of the Useless: Maxwell Owusu.
43. The African Origin of Civilization: The Meaning of our Work: Cheikh Anta Diop.
44. Europe Upside Down: Fallacies of the New Afrocentrism: Kwame Anthony Appiah.
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