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Africa South of the Sahara: a Geographical Interpretation

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Synopsis:

Africa south of the Sahara is a region in transition. The optimism of the early

post-independence years has long since faded, replaced by a pervasive sense of crisis that typically includes slow and often negative economic growth, a crushing debt burden, hunger and ecological crisis, and the virtual collapse of the state in a number of countries. At the same time, the 1990s have seen recent cause for hope--most dramatically, in the peaceful transition to black majority rule in South Africa. This much-needed text provides a broad and balanced introduction to the geography of this vast region. Examining sociocultural, political, and economic processes, patterns of resource utilization, and the dynamics of change in Africa's geography, the text is enhanced by vivid case studies, maps, and photographs. Also featured are lists of recommended reading and a glossary of key terms.

About the Author

Robert Stock has had a long-standing interest in the geography of Africa that began with a four-year volunteer posting in Nigeria, his postgraduate education in African studies at Michigan State University and the University of Liverpool, and has continued with an ongoing program of research on the medical geography of Africa. Two previous books and numerous articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Africa in the 1990s

Overview

1. The Map of Africa

2. The Physical Environment

3. Culture and Society

Africa in Historical Perspective

4. The African Past

5. The Colonial Legacy

6. Independent Africa: The Struggle Continues

Dynamics of Population

7. Population Distribution

8. Population Growth

9. Population Mobility

Rural Economies

10. Indigenous Food-Production Systems

11. Agrarian Development and Change

12. The Food Crisis

Urban Economies and Societies

13. The Evolution of Urban Structure

14. Urban Economies

15. Housing Africa's Urban Population

Social Geography

16. African Women and Development

17. Education: Who Gets What Where?

18. Social Policy: The Health Sector

Resources

19. Mineral and Energy Resources

20. Fauna and Economic Development

21. Vegetation as a Resource

African Economies

22. Africa in the World Economy

23. Ideology and Economic Development

24. Development from Within: Local Self-Reliance in Development

Political Geography: Regional Case Studies

25. Nigeria: The Politics of Accommodating Diversity

26. South Africa: Apartheid and Beyond

27. The Politics and Economics of Surviving in South Africa's Shadow

Conclusion: Which Future?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780898625950
Subtitle:
A Geographical Interpretation
Author:
Stock, Robert F.
Author:
Stock, Robert
Publisher:
The Guilford Press
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Africa, Southern
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Africa - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Texts in Regional Geography
Publication Date:
19980601
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
435
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Africa south of the Sahara is a region in transition. The optimism of the early

post-independence years has long since faded, replaced by a pervasive sense of crisis that typically includes slow and often negative economic growth, a crushing debt burden, hunger and ecological crisis, and the virtual collapse of the state in a number of countries. At the same time, the 1990s have seen recent cause for hope--most dramatically, in the peaceful transition to black majority rule in South Africa. This much-needed text provides a broad and balanced introduction to the geography of this vast region. Examining sociocultural, political, and economic processes, patterns of resource utilization, and the dynamics of change in Africa's geography, the text is enhanced by vivid case studies, maps, and photographs. Also featured are lists of recommended reading and a glossary of key terms.

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