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African Visions By Silvia Federici

African Visions by Silvia Federici

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The complexity of African society entering the 21st century necessitates an interdisciplinary examination of Africa's political, social, and cultural developments and challenges.

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African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa by Silvia Federici

The complexity of African society entering the 21st century necessitates an interdisciplinary examination of Africa's political, social, and cultural developments and challenges. Focusing on Social Movements and Literature, Social Change and Culture, the book brings together a wide range of essays by committed scholars, writers, and activists concerned with progressive approaches to Africa's dilemmas.

Beginning with an overview by anthropologist Cheryl Mwaria, African Visions addresses such issues as structural adjustments, religious freedom, human rights, democratization, educational movements, and health care. Particular analyses consider intellectual property, student activism, and the AIDS epidemic. Mwaria, Federici, and McLaren also explore the way social and cultural questions have been treated in literary works and theoretical studies dealing with hybridity, sexual politics, literacy, socialist orientations, and language. Noted literary scholars Odun Balogun and Alamin Mazrui consider aspects of these issues. The collection also examines trends in literature, publishing, and theater in such countries as Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, and South Africa in relation to themes such as gender, popular culture, African novels, and protest. Highlighting articles by two of Africa's leading activist/writers Dennis Brutus of South Africa, stressing regional cooperation, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o of Kenya, advocating African languages, African Visions avoids the pessimism associated with numerous 20th century studies. Brutus and Ngugi consider the economic and cultural effects of globalization and the necessity for promoting self-determination. An essential resource for all scholars and students concerned with contemporary African life and culture.

About Silvia Federici

CHERYL B. MWARIA is a medical anthropologist who is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of African Studies at Hofstra University. She has served on the Board of the American Ethnological Society and is a member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. She has written on childbirth and child rearing in Kenya, biomedical ethics, women's health, and race relations.

SILVIA FEDERICI is Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Philosophy at New College, Hofstra University. She is a founding member and coordinator of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. Among her earlier publications is Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization (Praeger, 1995).

JOSEPH McLAREN is an Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University. He has written extensively on black literature and culture. His works include Langston Hughes: Folk Dramatist in the Protest Tradition, 1921-1943 (Greenwood Press, 1997).

Table of Contents

Introduction Social Movements Poem: What Is the Soul of Africa by Dennis Brutus Africa 2000: In the New Global Context by Dennis Brutus The International Intellectual Property Regime and the Enclosure of African Knowledge by C. George Caffentzis Mijikenda Perspectives on Religious Freedom and Cultural "Rights" by Diane Ciekawy Structural Adjustment and the African Diaspora in Italy, by Steven Colatrella The New African Student Movement by Silvia Federici Academic Pursuits under the Link, by Karim F. Hirji Democratization and Interventionism in Francaphone Sub-Saharan Africa by Francois Ngolet A Vision of the Past as a Beacon for the Future: The Application of Fatimid Ideals in the City of Cairo by Habibeh Rahim Women, AIDS and the Female Condom: Preventing HIV in Southern Africa by Ida Susser Literature, Social Change, and Culture Poem: The Monstrous Instrument by Maina Kinyatti African Languages and Global Culture in the 21st Century by Ngugi wa Thiong'o Hybridity, Neouniversalist Cultural Theory, and the Comparative Study of Black Literatures by F. Odun Balogun White Women, Black Revolutionaries: Sex and Politics in Four Novels by Nancy Topping Bazin Popular Hausa Drama in Niger and the Politics of Its Appropriation by Ousseina Alidou Doula Developmental Pleasures, Education, Entertainment, and Popular Literacy in South Africa by Loren Kruger Socialist Oriented Literature in Post-Colonial Africa: Retrospective and Prospective by Alamin M. Mazrui The Nigerian Novel in English: Trends and Prospects by Joseph McLaren Writing In and Out of Algeria, Writing Algeria, Today by Soraya Mekerta Post-Apartheid Drama by Donald Morales Index

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NLS9780275971021
9780275971021
0275971023
African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa by Silvia Federici
New
Paperback
ABC-CLIO
2000-08-30
304
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