Perspectives on Africa : A Reader in Culture, History and Representation

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-17
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation is both an introduction to the cultures of Africa and a history of the interpretations of those cultures. Key essays explore the major issues and debates through a combination of classic articles and the newest research in the field. Explores the dynamic processes by and through which scholars have described and understood African history and culture Includes selections from anthropologists, historians, philosophers, and critics who collectively reveal the interpenetration of ideas and concepts within and across disciplines, regions, and historical periods Offers a combined focus on ethnography and theory, giving students the means to link theory with data and perspective with practice Newly revised and updated edition of this popular text with 14 brand new chapters and two new sections: Conflict and Violent Transformations; and Development, Governance and Globalization

Author Biography

Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University, Director of the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research, and Editor-in-Chief of Anthropological Quarterly.  He is author of four other books, including In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull, Houses in the Rainforest:  Ethnicity and Inequality Among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa, and Unstrange Minds:  Remapping the World of Autism.

Christopher B. Steiner is the Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Connecticut College.  He is the author of the award-winning book African Art in Transit, and co-editor (with Ruth Phillips) of Unpacking Culture:  Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Stephen Lubkemann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.  He is author of Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War and is associate editor for Anthropological Quarterly and a co-founder of GWU’s Diaspora Research Program.

Table of Contents

Representation and Discourse
"Africa Observed: Discourses of the Imperial Imagination
"The Meaning of Our Work,"
"Europe Upside Down: Fallacies of the New Afrocentrism
"Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness,"
From Tribe to Ethnicity: Kinship and Social Organization
The Nuer: Time and Space
The Illusion of Tribe
Ethnicity in Southern African History
Economics as a Cultural System
Economy Compared with the Bushong
Research on an African Mode of Production
The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls among the Nuer, cf. Smith
Hunter-Gatherers in Africa
The Lesson of the Pygmies
Houses in the Rainforest
Land Filled with Flies
Foragers, Genuine or Spurious?
Witchcraft, Science and Rationality
Conversations on Rain-making
The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events
Understanding a Primitive Society
"The Moral Economy of Witchcraft."
Ancestors, Gods, and the Philosophy of Religion
Conversations with Ogotommeli
African Philosophy, Myth and Reality
ancestors as Elders in Africa, cf. Lubkemann, West
Arts, Aesthetics, and Heritage
"Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among the Afikpo Igbo,"
"Art, Identity, Boundaries: Postmodernism and Contemporary African Art,"
As Plato Duly Warned: Music, Politics and Social Change in Costal East Africa
"In Place of Slavery: Fashioning Coastal Identity."
Sex and Gender Studies in Africa
The Economics of Polygamy
"Sitting on a Man"
Virginity Testing: Managing Sexuality in a Maturing HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Europe in Africa: Colonization
The Dual Mandate
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa
Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary
Nations and Nationalism
Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century
On National Culture
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Modernity: The Paradox of Mau Mau
The Invisible Face: Masks, Ethnicity, and the State in Cote d'Ivoire
Violent Transformations: Conflict and Displacement
Order and Rebellion in Tribal Africa
"Fighting for the Rainforest"
Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994
Where to be an Ancestor
Development, Governance and Globalization
"Expectations of Modernity"
Development Aid and Structural Violence: The case of Rwanda
"Culture of Corruption"
"The Politics of the Belly."
" 'Govern Yourselves', Democracy and Carnage in Northern Mozambique"
"Nuer-American Passages"
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