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Dress in the Making of African Identity:

A Social and Cultural History of the Yoruba People
Bukola Oyeniyi
ISBN: 9781604978995

This book on the social and cultural history of Yoruba people illuminates the impact of Christianity, Islam, and British colonialism on the construction of Yoruba identity, and how dress was entangled in that construction. It also demonstrates the importance of dress as a site for contesting and articulating postcolonial Yoruba identity and class structure within the Nigerian national space. Read More..

The African Union and New Strategies for Development in Africa

Said Adejumobi and Adebayo Olukoshi
ISBN: 9781604975741

This study assembles the voices of some of the most seasoned African and Africanist scholars, and is a landmark contribution in a systematic attempt to comprehend Africa’s regional development strategy led by the African Union. Read More..

African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century

Helen E. Purkitt
ISBN: 9781604976465

"This is the first book to address a broad array of African environmental and human security issues ... The case studies expose the reader to past relevant research, while also identifying the main causes and consequences of different types of political conflicts fueled by human and environmental security problems. Each study also contains policy lessons, "best practices", or recommended future actions. The originality and comprehensiveness of each chapter means that the volume is likely to appeal to a wide range of readers for many years ... an important book for African Studies, economic development, environmental and earth science, environmental security, ecotourism, history, human security, international relations, national security and military science Collections." - Institute for Environmental Security Read More..

Africans in China:

A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications for Africa-China Relations
Adams Bodomo
ISBN: 9781604977905

"The issues covered in this book are remarkable. The lucidity and ease with which the narrative runs is masterly. Bodomo expresses himself and raises issues with simplicity and analytical candour and offers a picture of Africans in contemporary China ... Sound and mutually beneficial Afro-Chinese relations are matters of strategic interest to both Africans and Chinese. This book provides an open window on to these realities." - Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) Read More..

African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World

Ana Lucia Araujo
ISBN: 9781604978926

"The memory of slavery and the slave trade has strongly influenced how history is understood. What is remembered and why are clearly identified as major historical themes of analysis in this valuable collection." – Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Read More..

AIDS Crisis Control in Uganda:

The Use of HAART
Dorothy J. N. Kalanzi
ISBN: 9781604977875

This book is a compelling study of the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) treatment in Uganda to overcome the AIDS crisis. The physical, psychological, and emotional challenges are shown using case studies and an extensive empirical method. This book is an important addition to collections in African studies and public health. Read More..

Black Medea:

Adaptations for Modern Plays
Kevin J. Wetmore
ISBN: 9781604978650

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Read More..

Black Women as Custodians of History:

Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing
Paula Sanmartín
ISBN: 9781604978698

This book is an essential addition to the study of comparative black literature of the Americas; it will also fill the gap that exists on theoretical studies exploring black women’s writing from the Spanish Caribbean. This book examines literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in the United States and Cuba by studying the following texts by both African American and Afro-Cuban women from different literary genres. Read More..

Britain and Kenya’s Constitutions, 1950–1960

Robert Maxon
ISBN: 9781604977769

This is the first study of constitution making during a critical decade of British rule in Kenya to be based on a thorough examination of archival sources, including secret intelligence reports and British cabinet records. These allow for a more complete appreciation of the forces that produced the specific constitutional dispensations. Read More..

The Challenge of Change in Africa's Higher Education in the 21st Century

Kenneth Kaoma Mwenda and Gerry Nkombo Muuka
ISBN: 9781604976106

This is a book written from and with twenty-first century realities, making it a significant addition to the continuing and urgent search for solutions to the continent’s development dilemma. It is therefore critical reading and research material for many stakeholders including students, professors, universities and research libraries on the one hand, and higher education ministries in Africa on the other. Read More..

Contemporary Literature of Africa:

Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of The Gambia
Wumi Raji
ISBN: 9781604978674

"Remarkably thorough, sophisticated, and precise. This collection will be useful to readers starting with those who have a general interest in the subject to serious scholars ... this book will serve as a defining text for many years to come given its pivotal position in the history of Gambian writing and to the quality of these essays that bring into bold relied the excellence of Sallah's writing."- Re-Markings Read More..

Corruption in Tanzania:

The Case for Circumstantial Evidence
Edward Hoseah
ISBN: 9781604975932

This book provides a strong case for circumstantial evidence approaches to improve the effectiveness and contribution of the legal system in the fight against corruption. Read More..

The Creole Elite and the Rise of Angolan Proto-Nationalism, 1870–1920

Jacopo Corrado
ISBN: 9781604975291

This groundbreaking book is about Angolan literature and culture. It investigates a segment of Angolan history and literature, with which even Portuguese-speaking readers are generally not familiar. Read More..

Emerging African Voices:

A Study of Contemporary African Literature
Walter P. Collins
ISBN: 9781604976649

There exists an abundance of deft scholarship and critical analyses, even in the most recent publications by African and Western theorists, of the works of recognized African authors. This volume offers insightful general analysis and critical evaluation of new writers’ works in order to showcase their contributions to the body of African literature. It examines nine contemporary writers whose works (written almost entirely in the colonial languages of English and French) in some way update and refocus African literature for the new century. Read More..

The Fifohazana:

Madagascar’s Indigenous Christian Movement
Cynthia Holder Rich
ISBN: 9781604975819

The Fifohazana is one of the most intriguing current instances of indigenous Christianity in the world. This volume provides the reader with a very clear understanding of what the Fifohazanamovement is all about historically, theologically, in terms of the main characters involved, its tremendous contributions to what a Christian healing ministry might ideally be, and as it relates to the larger world of church and society. The book is strengthened by the contributions of a diverse international group of scholars and participants in the movement. Read More..

The Films of Ousmane Sembène:

Discourse, Politics, and Culture
Amadou Fofana
ISBN: 9781604978315

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer whom the Los Angeles Times considered one of the greatest authors of Africa. Often called the "father of African film," Sembène strongly believed that African films should be geared primarily toward educating the masses. This study examines the artistry of Sembène’s films and interprets the meaning conveyed by images through their placement and function within the films. It also contributes new insights into Sembène’s interpretations of cultural practices and the meanings he ascribes to social behaviors. Read More..

Green Colonialism in Zimbabwe, 1890-1980

Vimbai Kwashirai
ISBN: 9781604976458

In this first critical work on the topic, author Vimbai Kwashirai focuses on woodland conservation and commercial development in Zimbabwe during the colonial period. This book casts much light on the environmental impact on a part of Africa caused by the push and pull of politics and economics, and will be an important addition to collections in African studies, environmental studies, and political science. Read More..

Haile Selassie, Western Education and Political Revolution in Ethiopia

Paulos Milkias
ISBN: 9781934043202

“Lucid, erudite and ground-breaking in its new insights and fresh perspectives, this is the finest book on Ethiopia that I have seen in a decade. As such, it commends itself as a must read, alike to students of Ethiopian politics and policy makers concerned with the welfare of the peoples of the region. As well, it is likely to generate great demand, given the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian professors and professionals awaiting its publication.” – Said S. Samatar, Professor of African History, Rutgers University and Editor-in-Chief, Horn of Africa Journal Read More..

Haile Selassie, Western Education and Political Revolution in Ethiopia (Paperback)

Paulos Milkias
ISBN: 9781934043417

A rare inside look––a probing mirror-image analysis by one of the members of the Ethiopian intelligentsia of the postwar years and about their role in the revolutionary upheavals during the past decades. Read More..

Higher Education and Global Poverty:

University Partnerships and the World Bank in Developing Countries
Christopher S. Collins
ISBN: 9781604977257

Through ethnographic methods, this study offers a model for cross-border partnerships between universities in developing and developed countries, which will be highly valuable for those training to be education specialists in development agencies as the model presented casts light on the potential benefits of higher education as a poverty reduction strategy. This is cutting-edge information within a framework of policy analysis. Read More..

Legal Aspects of Combating Corruption:

The Case of Zambia
Kenneth K. Mwenda
ISBN: 9781934043844

"highly recommended work for people in other countries, especially developing ones, who are also involved in the fight against corruption to draw lessons from Zambia’s attempt to rid itself from this scourge." Read More..

Majimbo in Kenya’s Past:

Federalism in the 1940s and 1950s
Robert Maxon
ISBN: 9781604979831

"A most timely discussion of one of the most contentious issues in the politics of Kenya. The post-election violence in the country in 2008 was informed largely by contentions over the implications of the majimbo system of government. This study deals with a critical issue in the politics of contemporary Kenya." —Professor Shadrack W. Nasong'o, Rhodes College Read More..

Malcolm X and Africa

A.B. Assensoh and Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh
ISBN: 9781604979244

“This is an authoritative book on a critical aspect of Malcolm X’s courageous political work and thought. Connecting the struggle of Africans and African Americans for liberation to the geopolitics of the Cold War in Africa, this impressive book documents Malcolm X’s passionate commitment to Pan-Africanism and black internationalism during the turbulent age of decolonization. Impressive in depth and breadth, the book is lucid and analytical.” —Olufemi Vaughan, Bowdoin College Read More..

Minorities and the State in Africa

Michael U. Mbanaso and Chima J. Korieh
ISBN: 9781604976694

This book explores the various facets of the relationship between minorities and the state across Africa. The motivation for this collection lies in the growing need to understand the often tenuous relationship between minorities and the state. Through this collection, the editors and contributors present thoughtful ways for understanding forms of hegemony imposed by dominant groups in relational, national, and regional experiences. Read More..

Missionary Practices on the Gold Coast, 1832–1895:

Discourse, Gaze and Gender in the Basel Mission in Pre-Colonial West Africa
Seth Quartey
ISBN: 9781934043448

A valuable scholarly analysis of the ways that the practices of members of the Basel Mission informed the nineteenth-century mission field of the Gold Coast. Read More..

Nigerian Bureaucracy in an African Democracy

Bola Dauda and Toyin Falola
ISBN: 9781604979312

This interdisciplinary and comparative study examines the Nigerian political system as a template for a historical and contemporary global comparative review and understanding of democracy-bureaucracy relations. Read More..

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade:

Interactions, Identities, and Images
Ana Lucia Araujo
ISBN: 9781604977479

Examines the complex and unique human, cultural, and religious exchanges that resulted from the enslavement and the trade of Africans in the North and the South Atlantic regions during the transatlantic slave trade era. Read More..

Peace Agreements and Civil Wars in Africa:

Insurgent Motivations, State Responses, and Third Party Peacemaking in Liberia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone
Julius Mutwol
ISBN: 9781604975550

This excellent and thorough study improves our understanding of the process through which civil war agreements are concluded and why some settlements hold while others do not. This book will be a welcome reference for collections in African studies, international peace studies, and political science. Read More..

The Politics of National Languages in Postcolonial Senegal

Ibrahima Diallo
ISBN: 9781604977240

This book is a comprehensive study on the current language policies and practices in Senegal. It illuminates the tension that has arisen from the enduring colonial legacies and their influences in postcolonial language policies in Senegal. In addition to a detailed history with supporting facts and figures, this study also links socioeconomic, cultural, and political events in its analysis of the unstoppable rise of Wolof, which is posing a significant threat to the already-fragile local linguistic ecology. Read More..

Post-Apartheid South Africa:

Economic and Social Inclusion
Vusi Gumede
ISBN: 9781604979299

"This is a highly recommended text for anyone who is concerned about Africa and not just South Africa alone." —Thandika Mkandawire, former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics (LSE) Read More..

Power, Politics, and Higher Education in Southern Africa:

International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy
José Cossa
ISBN: 9781604975154

"This book will contribute to the debate and policy deliberations of policymakers, students, and scholars in Africa and globally." - Professor N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, Cornell University Read More..

Public Memory of Slavery:

Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic
Ana Lucia Araujo
ISBN: 9781604977141

"An important and provocative work. No other study so thoroughly chronicles the fraught and ambiguous history of memorializing slavery in the South Atlantic. Araujo’s ability to ‘read’ multiple sources – both discursive and non-discursive – makes the book truly interdisciplinary in scope. It will be a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory in Benin and Brazil." – James H. Sweet, Journal of African History Read More..

Redefining the African Diaspora:

Expressive Cultures and Politics from Slavery to Independence
Toyin Falola and Danielle Porter Sanchez
ISBN: 9781604979015

This study will help us consider the ways in which membership, inclusivity, and identities shape diasporic experiences, especially because these are fluid concepts that shift in response to larger conversations on global politics and daily life inside and outside of Africa. This book challenges readers to conceptualize the breadth of experiences that characterize daily life in Africa and the African diaspora. Furthermore, readers will experience the intersections of culture, global politics, and understandings of community membership, especially as these concepts heavily inform contemporary issues in Africa and the African diaspora. Read More..

Representative Bureaucracy, Meritocracy, and Nation Building in Nigeria

Bola Dauda and Toyin Falola
ISBN: 9781604979121

"Drawing from rich historical and archival sources, the authors provide a concise but excellent synthesis of the historical development of the Nigerian public service from the colonial period to the present ... The book should benefit experts, practitioners, students, and general readers." —Africa Today Read More..

Rural Water Management in Africa:

The Impact of Customary Institutions in Tanzania
Leticia K. Nkonya
ISBN: 9781604975376

In this innovative study, the author examines the forms of traditional or customary institutions of water management in a manner that has never been done before. The findings of this study will serve as the basis for formulating policies and programs in the management of rural water resources in Tanzania. Read More..

Security Forces in African States:

Cases and Assessment
Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb
ISBN: 9781604979817

“Until the publishing of Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment, policy makers charged with assisting African states had no comprehensive reference describing how African states should develop and employ their security services. Now they do. Brilliantly written by security experts who know Africa, this book is a must read for security professionals, academics and students.” —Russell D. Howard, Brigadier General (RET), U.S. Army Special Forces and Senior Fellow, Joint Special Operations University Read More..

Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations:

Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland
Danielle Porter Sanchez and Toyin Falola
ISBN: 9781604979022

From the historical movements of enslaved Africans to the Americas to newer migrations of Africans to spaces like Belgium and France, experiences of blackness on a global stage reflect themes of negotiation, persecution, isolation, unification, remembrance, and much more. This book is a timely and much-needed exploration of the intricate nature of culture and life in the African diaspora. Read More..

Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Africa:

Interreligious Encounters and Dialogue
Prince Sorie Conteh
ISBN: 9781604975963

Provides for the first time a historical, chronological, and comparative study of interreligious encounters and dialogue among Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Sierra Leone. This book fills a gap in the study of interreligious dialogue in Africa and is important for collections in African studies and religious studies. Read More..

Transatlantic Memories of Slavery:

Reimagining the Past, Changing the Future
Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi
ISBN: 9781604979039

"With great courage, sharp intuition and professional dedication they have tackled some of the most controversial issues of historical revision and imaginative projection linked to the slave trade all over the world."—European Journal of American Studies Read More..

The Nigeria-Biafra War:

Genocide and the Politics of Memory
Chima Korieh
ISBN: 9781604978117

"Korieh’s research disclosed hard documentary evidence showing the names of notable Hausa-Fulani personalities and even British expatriates who played prominent roles in the May–June 1966 pogrom of the Igbo in the north of Nigeria ... Worthy and invaluable." - Journal of Asian and African Studies Read More..

Water Resources Management in Ethiopia:

Implications for the Nile Basin
Helmut Kloos and Worku Legesse
ISBN: 9781604976656

Sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region world-wide, has only recently begun to fully address the issues of meeting the water needs of its rapidly growing population, to reduce the deepening poverty besetting the region and to accelerate economic growth. In this study, the editors address these and other issues surrounding water resources management in all economic and water sectors in Ethiopia within the setting of the Nile Basin, the first comprehensive treatment of this subject. Read More..

Writing Contemporary Nigeria:

How Sefi Atta Illuminates African Culture and Tradition
Walter Collins
ISBN: 9781604979091

Award-winning writer Sefi Atta’s insights into the roles and treatment of women, neocolonial government structures, patriarchy, 21st-century phenomena such as Nigerian e-mail phishing and the role of geography and place in characters’ lives make her works some of the most indelible offerings across contemporary African fiction. This pioneering premier collection examines Atta’s treatment of various themes. Read More..

 

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