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Other titles in the Culture and Customs of Africa series:
Culture and Customs of Namibia (Culture and Customs of Africa)by Anene Ejikeme
Synopses & Reviews
Namibia is a sizeable and significant country in southern Africa that is little known to the outside world. A vast country of startling beauty with a storied history, including one of the world's worst genocides and a war of independence that lasted nearly a quarter century, this "land between two deserts" is a fascinating result of its African, German, and English influences.
Culture and Customs of Namibia is one of very few English language works written about Namibia's history, culture, and society. The book reveals details about Namibian daily life, gender relations, modern youth culture, and the influence of traditional cultures that allow readers to appreciate this country's unique character. A section on tourism explains how Namibia—an extremely arid country with an immense number and diversity of wildlife—is on the cutting edge of ecotourism.
Book News Annotation:
Namibia remains relatively unknown outside of Africa. Highlighting both continuity and change in this large country that won its independence from South Africa in 1990, Ejikeme (history, Trinity U., San Antonio, Texas) provides an insider's perspective on its history, foreign influences, ethnic diversity, daily life, traditional and contemporary arts, gender roles, social customs and contemporary challenges, and growing ecotourism. The volume includes a chronology, map, glossary of commonly used terms, and photographs. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Provides a chronology of key events in the history of Namibia
• Includes photographs of natural Namibian settings, such as the desert, colonial architecture, unique plant and animal life, and Namibia's cultural life
• An interdisciplinary bibliography—drawn from history, politics, gender, law and other relevant fields—provides suggestions for further reading
• A glossary contains terms used commonly in contemporary Namibia
This book provides an overview of the history, culture, and society of Namibia, a country on which little information in English exists.
• Presents a single-volume resource for the history and culture of Namibia, a little-known but important southern African country
• Highlights how Namibia provides a unique example of a multicultural and multiracial society forging ahead despite a difficult and violent past
About twice the size of California, Namibia has a population of just over two million individualsone of the lowest population densities in the world. However, large areas of land along its two longest borders comprise deserts, and only about one percent of Namibia's total land is considered arable.
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