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

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Roy Richard Grinker, Stephen C. Lubkemann, Christopher B. Steiner
John Wiley & Sons, 17. mai 2010 - 689 sider
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"This welcome new edition of key texts, written about Africa as well as from within it, builds on the past but speaks boldly to the current generation - with some striking contributions on contemporary issues." Wendy James, University of Oxford

"This carefully chosen and brilliantly edited collection is an extraordinary resource for anthropologists of Africa. Some of the most seminal works in one of the most foundational domains in the discipline take on new significance In the light of the new current scholarship represented in the volume and of the new conversations among them that Grinker, Lubkernann and Steiner have brought out. This volume is a treasure." Caroline H. Bledsoe, Northwestern University

"This Impressive volume provides a critical genealogy of scholarship In Africa, weaving together historical and contemporary pieces to provide insights not only into the political economy and cultural dynamism of Africa's past, but of its future too." Henrietta Moore, University of Cambridge and Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics

"This superb collection of influential contemporary and classic works in African studies will be indispensable to both students and instructors. Twelve thematic sections, each masterfully framed by the editors, offer a deft blend of intellectual history, theory, and thnography." Angelique Haugerud, Rutgers University

The second edition of the popular reader Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation offers forty six articles illustrating the dynamic processes by which scholars have described and understood African history and culture over the past several decades. This new edition presents fourteen new selections as well as two entirely new parts, "Violent Transformations: Conflict and Displacement" and "Development, Governance, and Globalization," revealing the historical trajectory, daily experience, and vital influence of African people in the modern world.

Roy Richard Grinker 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, and Houses in the Rainforest, and Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism.

Stephen C. 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.

Christopher B. Steiner is the Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, 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.
  

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A useful reader on many important topics in African Studies, mostly from an ethnographic perspective. More advanced reading. Les hele vurderingen

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Representation and Discourse
19
Discourses of the Imperial Imagination
31
The Meaning of Our Work
44
Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness
55
Kinship and Social Organization
61
Time and Space
71
Ethnicity in Southern African History
95
Economics as a Cultural System
109
Postmodernism and Contemporary African Art
348
Fashioning Coastal Identity
372
The Economics of Polygamy
389
Managing Sexuality in a Maturing HIVAIDS Epidemic
411
Introduction
425
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
439
The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa
450
Introduction
473

The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls among
151
Introduction
169
Gender and Ethnicity among
184
The Evolution of Illusion
200
Foragers Genuine or Spurious? Situating the Kalahari San in History
219
The Translation of Culture
237
Understanding a Primitive Society
257
An Essay
270
Ancestors Gods and the Philosophy of Religion
283
African Philosophy Myth and Reality
302
Arts Aesthetics and Heritage
323
The Paradox of Mau Mau
498
Masks Ethnicity and the State in Côte dIvoire
514
Rituals of Rebellion in SouthEast Africa
531
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994
555
Where to Be an Ancestor? Reconstituting Sociospiritual Worlds among
569
Development Governance and Globalization
583
The Case of Rwanda
609
The Politics of the Belly
629
Govern Yourselves Democracy and Carnage in Northern Mozambique
644
NuerAmerican Passages
660
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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.

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