Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation / Edition 1

Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation / Edition 1

by Roy Grinker, Christopher Steiner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1557866864

ISBN-13: 9781557866868

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Wiley

The second edition of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation is both an introduction to the cultures of Africa and a history of the interpretations of those cultures. Key essays explore the major issues and debates through a combination of classic articles and the newest research in the field.

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The second edition of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation is both an introduction to the cultures of Africa and a history of the interpretations of those cultures. Key essays explore the major issues and debates through a combination of classic articles and the newest research in the field.

  • Explores the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and culture
  • Includes selections from anthropologists, historians, philosophers, and critics who collectively reveal the interpenetration of ideas and concepts within and across disciplines, regions, and historical periods
  • Offers a combined focus on ethnography and theory, giving students the means to link theory with data and perspective with practice
  • Newly revised and updated edition of this popular text with 14 brand new chapters and two new sections: Conflict and Violent Transformations; and Development, Governance and Globalization

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557866868
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Global Perspectives Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
772
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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:.

Introduction.

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.

Resource Guide.

I. Journals.

II. Bibliographies.

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