Urbanization and African Cultures

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Urbanization and African Cultures affirms the importance of African cities in the modernization of African cultures and shows how they reflect the impact of globalization. Cities are presented as centers of culture and power and as powerful agencies that provide opportunities to generate new ideas. The book shows how cities empower Africans with the opportunity to assert themselves, to use culture to assert individual freedom and dignity, to articulate ideas of ethnicity and group solidarity, to portray class, and even to show off poverty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890895580
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Urban cultures : the setting and the situational 3
Ch. 2 Urban cultures : relevance and context 17
Ch. 3 Ambivalent spaces and the carnivalesque in Tutuola's Palm-wine drinkard 25
Ch. 4 Spaces and boundaries in Zula Sofola's Song of a maiden 41
Ch. 5 The urban heroine in Nigerian female fiction 51
Ch. 6 The plight of poor women in modernity and tradition in Tess Onwueme's Tell it to women and Shakara : Dance-hall queen 63
Ch. 7 Urban spaces and lost voices in Tess Onwueme's Tell it to women 81
Ch. 8 The African city and heteroglossia in the works of Buchi Emecheta 89
Ch. 9 Soyinka's first fieldtrip 107
Ch. 10 The decolonization of Ghanaian popular entertainment 119
Ch. 11 Creating the postcolonial city : urban youth clubs in Senegal 139
Ch. 12 Meanings and challenges of modern urban music in Senegal 155
Ch. 13 Popular music, identity, and the Lumpen youth of Nairobi 167
Ch. 14 Strategic minstrelsy : Les Tetes Brulees and the claim for black modernism 185
Ch. 15 From coal depot to Cesaria's home : Mindelo at the crossroads of the world 201
Ch. 16 Remembering and forgetting : commemorations public events in a Tuareg setting 211
Ch. 17 Durban works 235
Ch. 18 Thron church : an urban religion in Cotonou 247
Ch. 19 Wagogo Leo! : the production of rural culture in urban Dar es Salaam 259
Ch. 20 Welcome to our Hillbrow : an elegy for African cosmopolitanism 267
Ch. 21 Linguistic and sociocultural hybridization in Senegalese urban spaces 279
Ch. 22 Nigerian pidgin English, urban spaces and the construction of social identity 295
Ch. 23 Ojuelegba : the sacred profanities of a West African crossroad 323
Ch. 24 Residential segregation in African cities 343
Ch. 25 Celebrating the hybridity of cultures : history, power, and identity in Kutigi since 1770 357
Ch. 26 The influence of the family on the rise of Igbo state unionism in urban colonial Nigeria 1916-1966 385
Ch. 27 Law, change, human rights, and development in South Africa 405
Ch. 28 Where there is a way there is a will : how traditional African homesteads reflect the legal consequences of succession 417
Ch. 29 African cities and the globalization of disease : the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 433
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