Understanding Contemporary Africa / Edition 5

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April Gordon (sociology, Winthrop U.) and Donald Gordon (political science, Furman U.) present a textbook written for use in introductory undergraduate courses on Africa. Chapters overview themes of politics, economics, international relations, demographics and disease, the environment, family and kinship, women and development, religion, and literature. One chapter is devoted to a more detailed examination of the history of South Africa. For the most part, the essays support the viewpoints of t he former colonial powers and the international monetary institutions on African history and development and it is likely that many African academics and political activists would suggest that this book would lead more to misunderstanding contemporary Africa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588268471
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 264,059

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Africa: A Geographic Preface 7
3 The Historical Context 23
4 African Politics 55
5 The Economies of Africa 101
6 African International Relations 143
7 Population, Urbanization, and AIDS 189
8 Africa's Environmental Problems 217
9 Family and Kinship 245
10 Women and Development 271
11 Religion in Africa 299
12 African Literature 331
13 South Africa 371
14 Trends and Prospects 409
List of Acroyms 421
Glossary 425
Basic Political Data 439
The Contributors 457
Index 459
About the Book 477
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