Africa and the West: The Legacies of Empire (Contributions in Intercultural and Comparative Studies,)

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This volume, written by leading African and Western specialists, is among the first to provide a broad interdisciplinary view of African culture that allows contemporary Africa to be understood on its own terms--freed from Western ethnocentric preconceptions and values. The book begins with an overview of current African scholarship, followed by Philip Curtin's historical essay on Africa's 400-year relationship with European culture, with special emphasis on the mass migrations brought about by the slave trade. Discussions of indigenous cultural symbols and religious belief systems reveal a rich and continuing heritage and deepen our understanding of modern African society. Several chapters are devoted to the intellectual and cultural life of Francophone Africa--its major writers and scholars and the deep cultural conflict experienced by French-speaking African elites. A chapter by Leopold Senghor, former president of Senegal and a leading cultural figure in Francophone Africa, offers an eloquent statement of the post-colonial African world view. A new form of imperialism--the control of the mass media by powerful industrial nations--and the dangers it poses to African identity and autonomy are examined. Other topics covered are the evolution of African legal and judicial systems and recent developments in African musicology.

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." . . the editors deserve praise for their success in letting African voices dominate this discussion; nine of the twelve contributors are African. The volume as a whole is a useful item for a bookshelf destined to support university instruction concerning contemporary Africa. It would be worth careful consideration as a primary text for one of the inter-disciplinary surveys of Africa which now exist in many North American universities. The best of its contributions will be read with profit by students and specialist alike."-CJAS

?. . . the editors deserve praise for their success in letting African voices dominate this discussion; nine of the twelve contributors are African. The volume as a whole is a useful item for a bookshelf destined to support university instruction concerning contemporary Africa. It would be worth careful consideration as a primary text for one of the inter-disciplinary surveys of Africa which now exist in many North American universities. The best of its contributions will be read with profit by students and specialist alike.?-CJAS

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