Africa South of the Sahara, Third Edition: A Geographical Interpretation

Africa South of the Sahara, Third Edition: A Geographical Interpretation

by Robert Stock

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This authoritative, widely adopted text provides a broad introduction to the geography of Africa south of the Sahara. The book analyzes the political, economic, social, and environmental processes that shape resource use and development in this large, diverse region. Students gain a context for understanding current development debates and addressing questions about the nature and sustainability of contemporary changes. Timely topics include the rise of foreign investment in Africa, the evolving geographies of rural-urban linkages, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan, and advances in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

New to This Edition:
*Fully updated to reflect the latest data and trends in development.
*Chapters on development theory, cultural and societal diversity, the political geography of postindependence Africa, economic integration, and the geography of poverty.
*Substantially revised coverage of gender dynamics, urban living environments, mineral and energy resources, and many other topics.

Pedagogical Features
*Vignettes in every chapter that provide detailed case studies from a variety of countries and elaborate on key concepts.
*Recommendations for further reading on each topic, including print and online sources.
*Companion website with downloadable PowerPoint slides of all original figures, photos, and tables.
*An extensive glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462508112
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Series: Texts in Regional Geography
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 593
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Stock, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He previously held positions at the University of Saskatchewan and at Queen's University, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Beginnings?
1. The Map of Africa
2. Imagining Africa: Roots of Western Perceptions of the Continent
3. Thinking about Development: Development Theory and Practice in the African Context
Culture and Society
4. African Culture: Diversity and Creativity
5. Societal Diversity: Language, Ethnicity, and Religion
6. Gender Dynamics: Men and Women in African Societies
The Physical Environment
7. Geology and Geomorphology of Africa
8. Africa’s Climate: Regions, Dynamics, and Change
9. Biogeography and Ecology
Africa in Historical Perspective
10. The African Past
11. The Colonial Legacy
12. Independent Africa: Politics and Development
Dynamics of Population
13. Population Distribution
14. Population Growth
15. Population Mobility
African Economies
16. Africa in the World Economy
17. National Economies: Strategies for Growth and Development
18. Prospects for Economic Integration
Rural Economies
19. Indigenous Food Production Systems
20. Agrarian Development and Change
21. Food Security
Urban Economies and Societies
22. The Evolution of Urban Structure
23. Urban Economies
24. Urban Living Environments
25. Mineral and Energy Resources
26. Water Resources
27. Flora and Fauna as Economic Resources
Social Geography
28. Living in Poverty
29. Social Policy: The Health Sector
30. Children in Africa: Prospects for the Next Generation
Conclusion: Which Future?


Students and instructors in regional geography, African and Third World studies, regional sociology, and development; also of interest to development workers and policymakers. Serves as a primary text in undergraduate courses such as The Geography of Africa.

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