Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation / Edition 2

Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation / Edition 2

by Roy Richard Grinker, Christopher B. Steiner, Stephen C. Lubkemann
     
 

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

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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 13 [OR 14] new selections and two 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405190602
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/24/2010
Series:
Global Perspectives Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
713
Sales rank:
1,269,015
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Maps

List of Figures

List of Plates

List of Tables

Introduction: Africa in Perspective 1

Part I Representation and Discourse 19

Introduction 21

1 Africa Observed: Discoursed of the Imperial Imagination John Comaroff Comaroff, John 44

2 The Meaning of Our Work Cheikh Anta Diop Diop, Cheikh Anta 44

3 Europe Upside Down: Fallacies of the New Afrocentrism Kwame Anthony Appiah Appiah, Kwame Anthony 48

4 Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness V.Y. Mudimbe Mudimbe, V. Y. 55

Part II From Tribe to Ethnicity: Kinship and Social Organization 61

Introduction 63

5 The Nuer: Time and Space E. E. Evans-Pritchard Evans-Pritchard, E. E. 71

6 The Illusion of Tribe Aidan W. Southhall Southhall, Aidan W. 83

7 Ethnicity in Southern African History Leroy Vail Vail, Leroy 95

Part III Economics as a Cultural System 109

Introduction 111

8 Lele Economy Compared with the Bushong Mary Douglas Douglas, Mary 123

9 Research on an African Mode of Production Catherine Conquery-Vidrovitch Conquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine 139

10 The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls among the Nuer, 1930-83 Sharon Hutchinson Hutchinson, Sharon 151

Part IV Hunter-Gatherers in Africa 167

Introduction 169

11 The Lesson of the Pygmies Colin M. Turnbull Turnbull, Colin M. 175

12 Houses in the Rainforest: Gender and Ethnicity among the Lese and Efe in Zaire Roy Richard Grinker Grinker, Roy Richard 184

13 Land Filled with Flies: The Evolution of Illusion Edwin N. Wilmsen Wilmsen, Edwin N. 200

14 Foragers, Genuine or Spurious? Situating the Kalahari San in History Richard B. Lee Lee, Richard B. 219

Part V Witchcraft, Science, and Rationality: The Translation of Culture 237

Introduction 239

15 Conversations on Rain-making David Livingstone Livingstone, David 245

16 The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events E. E. Evans-Pritchard Evans-Pritchard, E. E. 249

17 Understanding a Primitive Society Peter Winch Winch, Peter 257

18 The Moral Economy of Witchcraft: An Essay in Comparative History Ralph A. Austen Austen, Ralph A. 270

Part VI Ancestors, Gods, and the Philosophy of Religion 283

Introduction 285

19 Conversations with Ogotemmeli Marcel Griaule Griaule, Marcel 291

20 African Philosophy, Myth and Reality Paulin J. Hountondji Hountondji, Paulin J. 302

21 Ancestors as Elders in Africa Igor Kopytoff Kopytoff, Igor 314

Part VII Arts, Aesthetics, and Heritage 323

Introduction 325

22 Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among the Afikpo Igbo Simon Ottenberg Ottenberg, Simon 335

23 Art, Identity, Boundaries: Postmodernism and Contemporary African Art Olu Oguibe Oguibe, Olu 348

24 As Plato Duly Warned: Music, Politics, and Social Change in Coastal East Africa Kelly M. Askew Askew, Kelly M. 354

25 In Place of Slavey: Fashioning Coastal Identity Bayo Holsey Holsey, Bayo 372

Part VIII Sex and Gender Studies in Africa: Economy and Society 379

Introduction 381

26 The Economics of Polygamy Ester Boserup Boserup, Ester 389

27 "Sitting on a Map": Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women Judith Van Allen Van Allen, Judith 399

28 Virginity Testing: Managing Sexuality in a Maturing HIV/AIDS Epidemic Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala Leclerc-Madlala, Suzanne 411

Part IX Europe in Africa: Colonization 423

Introduction 425

29 The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa: Methods of Ruling Native Races Frederick D. Lugard Lugard, Frederick D. 431

30 How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney Rodney, Walter 439

31 The Innovation of Tradition in Colonial Africa Terence Ranger Ranger, Terence 450

32 Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary Ngugi wa Thiong'o Thiong'o, Ngugi wa 462

Part X Nations and Nationalism 471

Introduction 473

33 Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century Leopold Sedar Senghor Senghor, Leopold Sedar 477

34 On National Culture Frantz Fanon Fanon, Frantz 484

35 Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Modernity: The Paradox of Mau Mau Bruce J. Berman Berman, Bruce J. 498

36 The Invisible Face: Masks, Ethnicity, and the State in Cote d'Ivoire Christopher B. Steiner Steiner, Christopher B. 514

Part XI Violent Transformations: Conflict and Displacement 521

Introduction 523

37 Rituals of Rebellion in South-East Africa Max Gluckman Gluckman, Max 531

38 Fighting for the Rainforest: War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone Paul Richards Richards, Paul 543

39 Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 Christopher C. Taylor Taylor, Christopher C. 555

40 Where to Be an Ancestor? Reconstructing Socio-spiritual Worlds among Displaced Mozambicans Stephen Lubkemann Lubkemann, Stephen 569

Part XII Development, Governance, and Globalization 583

Introduction 585

41 Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt James Ferguson Ferguson, James 595

42 Development Aid and Structural Violence: The Case of Rwanda Peter Uvin Uvin, Peter 609

43 Nigerian Scams as Political Critique: Globalization, Inequality and 419 Daniel Jordan Smith Smith, Daniel Jordan 616

44 The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly Jean-Francois Bayart Bayart, Jean-Francois 629

45 "Govern Yourselves!" Democracy and Carnage in Northern Mozambique Harry G. West West, Harry G. 644

46 Nuer-American Passages Dianna Shandy Shandy, Dianna 660

Index 671

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