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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?
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
16. Africa in the World Economy
17. National Economies: Strategies for Growth and Development
18. Prospects for Economic Integration
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
28. Living in Poverty
29. Social Policy: The Health Sector
30. Children in Africa: Prospects for the Next Generation
Conclusion: Which Future?