Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent

Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent

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Africa Every Day presents an exuberant, thoughtful, and necessary counterpoint to the prevailing emphasis in introductory African studies classes on war, poverty, corruption, disease, and human rights violations on the continent. These challenges are real and deserve sustained attention, but this volume shows that adverse conditions do not prevent people from making music, falling in love, playing sports, participating in festivals, writing blogs, telling jokes, making videos, playing games, eating delicious food, and finding pleasure in their daily lives.

Across seven sections—Celebrations and Rites of Passage; Socializing and Friendship; Love, Sex, and Marriage; Sports and Recreation; Performance, Language, and Creativity; Technology and Media; and Labor and Livelihoods—the accessible, multidisciplinary essays in Africa Every Day address these creative and dynamic elements of daily life, without romanticizing them. Ultimately, the book shows that forms of leisure and popular culture in Africa are best discussed in terms of indigenization, adaptation, and appropriation rather than the static binary of European/foreign/global and African. Most of all, it invites readers to reflect on the crucial similarities, rather than the differences, between their lives and those of their African counterparts.

Contributors: Hadeer Aboelnagah, Issahaku Adam, Joseph Osuolale Ayodokun, Victoria Abiola Ayodokun, Omotoyosi Babalola, Martha Bannikov, Mokaya Bosire, Emily Callaci, Deborah Durham, Birgit Englert, Laura Fair, John Fenn, Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, Michael Gennaro, Lisa Gilman, Charlotte Grabli, Joshua Grace, Dorothy L. Hodgson, Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, Prince F. M. Lamba, Cheikh Tidiane Lo, Bill McCoy, Nginjai Paul Moreto, Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué, James Nindi, Erin Nourse, Eric Debrah Otchere, Alex Perullo, Daniel Jordan Smith, Maya Smith, Steven Van Wolputte, and Scott M. Youngstedt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896805064
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Ohio RIS Africa Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Oluwakemi M. Balogun studies gender, nation, and beauty in Nigeria. She teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation.

Lisa Gilman is a folklorist who studies gender, performance, heritage, and politics in Malawi and Zambia. She teaches at George Mason University. She is the author (with John Fenn) of Handbook for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Fieldwork; My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; and The Dance of Politics: Performance, Gender, and Democratization in Malawi.

Melissa Graboyes, a historian, examines topics related to global health, ethics, and biomedicine in East Africa. She is the author of The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940–2014. She teaches in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

Habib Iddrisu is a music and dance scholar and practitioner who writes about dance and cultural change in Ghana and its global context. He teaches at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Celebrations and Rites of Passage 1: Hosting a First Haircutting in Diégo Suarez, Madagascar 2: Ekún-Ìyàwó 3: Funeral Swag 4: Beyond Religion 5: New Year’s Eve in Niamey, Niger Part 2: Socializing and Friendship 6: Tank Park’s Children 7: “Have You Been to All the Malls?” 8: Sociality, Money, and the Making of Masculine Privilege in Nigerian Sports Clubs 9: “Let’s Turn It Up” Part 3: Love, Sex, and Marriage 10: Young Love 11: Love, Play, and Sex 12: Love in and after War Part 4: Sports and Leisure 13: “Where Are All the Women Who Used to Be Good Athletes in Their School Days?” 14: “We Are Building the New Nigeria” 15: Leisure, Resistance, and Identity Formation among People with Disabilities in Ghana 16: Bits and Beats from Senegalese Wrestling Part 5: Performance, Language, and Creativity 17: Sheng 18: The Journal Rappé 19: Teeth Appear Themselves 20: Chilimika 21: Portrait of a Playful Man Part 6: Technology and Media 22: Mobile Malawi and Everyday Handsets 23: Meeting Up at the Movies in Tanzania 24: Retelling the World in Swahili 25: The Listeners’ City Part 7: Labor and Livelihoods 26: Mechanical Expression in a Broken World 27: Male Friendship and the Writing Life in Dar des Salaam, Tanzania 28: Work and Happiness 29: Leisure at the Edge of Legality Bibliography Contributors Index

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