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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.
Robert Stock, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He previously held positions at the University of Saskatchewan and at Queen's University (Canada).
Table of Contents
Introduction: New Beginnings? Overview 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 Resources 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? Glossary