Readings in African Popular Culture / Edition 1

Readings in African Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Karin Barber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253211409

ISBN-13: 9780253211408

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"This is an extraordinarily rich collection full of informative detail and excellent interpretative analysis. There is not a single piece that fails to fascinate... " —Leeds African Studies Bulletin

"... an impressive collection of inspiring and thought-provoking essays." —Media Development

"This is a book that should find its way into many syllabuses

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"This is an extraordinarily rich collection full of informative detail and excellent interpretative analysis. There is not a single piece that fails to fascinate... " —Leeds African Studies Bulletin

"... an impressive collection of inspiring and thought-provoking essays." —Media Development

"This is a book that should find its way into many syllabuses and onto the bookshelves of Africanist scholars in many disciplines. Its publication marks a key turning point in scholarlship on the cultures of contemporary Africa." —Africa Today

This book surveys the popular culture of contemporary Africa, including popular literature, oral narrative and poetry, dance, drama, music, and visual art, with special emphasis on the verbal arts. The essays cover six main areas: views of the field; oral tradition revisited; social history, social criticism and interpretation; women in popular culture; "little genres of everyday life"; the local and the global.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253211408
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Readings in African Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Views of the Field
Introduction by Karin Barber
The World in Creolisation by Ulf Hannerz
Popular Culture in Africa: Findings and Conjectures by Johannes Fabian

Oral Tradition Revisited
Lesotho Migrants’ Songs and the Anthropology of Experience by David Coplan
Mande Oral Popular Culture Revisited by the Electronic Media by Mamadou Diawara
Popular Music and the Construction of Pan-Yoruba Identity by C. A. Waterman

Social History, Social Criticism and Interpretation
Plantation Protest: The History of Mozambican Song by Leroy Vail and Landeg White
The Chimurenga Songs of the Zimbabwean War of Liberation by Alec J. D. Pongweni
South African Theatre: Ideology and Rebellion by Andrew Horn
Popular Writing in Ghana: A Sociology and Rhetoric by Richard Priebe
Popular Reactions to the Petro-Naira by Karin Barber
Painting in Zaire by Bogumil Jewsiewicki
Whose Music? The Songs of Remmy Ongala and Orchestra Super Matimila by Werner Gruebner

Women in Popular Culture
Women and Modern African Popular Fiction by Jane Bryce
Either One or the Other: Images of Women in Nigerian Television by Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Women in Cultural Work
The Fate of Kamiriithu People’s Theatre in Kenya by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Kanga: Popular Cloths with Messages by Elisabeth Linnebuhr

"Little Genres of Everyday Life"
Politics and Urban Folklore in Nigeria by Ropo Sekoni
The "Thing" and Its Doubles in Cameroonian Cartoons by Achille Mbembe
The World of the Yoruba Taxi Driver: An Interpretive Approach to Vehicle Slogans by Olatunde Bayo Lawuyi

The Local and the Global Sophiatown: The View from Afar by Ulf Hannerz
Africa Civilized, Africa Uncivilized: Local Culture, World System and South African Music by Veit Erlmann

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