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Book News Annotation:

April Gordon (sociology, Winthrop U.) and Donald Gordon (political science, Furman U.) present a textbook written for use in introductory undergraduate courses on Africa. Chapters overview themes of politics, economics, international relations, demographics and disease, the environment, family and kinship, women and development, religion, and literature. One chapter is devoted to a more detailed examination of the history of South Africa. For the most part, the essays support the viewpoints of t he former colonial powers and the international monetary institutions on African history and development and it is likely that many African academics and political activists would suggest that this book would lead more to misunderstanding contemporary Africa.
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction /April A. Gordon, Donald L. Gordon
  2. Africa: a geographic preface /Jeffrey W. Neff
  3. The historical context /Thomas O'Toole
  4. African politics /Donald L. Gordon
  5. The economies of Africa /Virginia DeLancey
  6. African international relations /Peter J. Schraeder
  7. Population, urbanization, and AIDS /April A. Gordon
  8. Africa's environmental problems /Julius E. Nyang'oro
  9. Family and kinship /Eugenia Shanklin
  10. Women and development /April A. Gordon
  11. Religion in Africa /Ambrose Moyo.

Product Details

Gordon, April A
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Boulder, Colo.
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
xiv, 477 p.

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