Africa South of the Sahara
A Geographical Interpretation, 3rd Edition
By Robert Stock
Guilford Press – 2013 – 593 pages
Series: Texts in Regional Geography
This authoritative, widely adopted text provides a broad introduction to the geography of Africa south of the Sahara. The book analyzes the political, economic, social, and environmental processes that shape resource use and development in this large, diverse region. Students gain a context for understanding current development debates and addressing questions about the nature and sustainability of contemporary changes. Timely topics include the rise of foreign investment in Africa, the evolving geographies of rural–urban linkages, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan, and advances in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
New to this edition: fully updated to reflect the latest data and trends in development; chapters on development theory, cultural and societal diversity, the political geography of postindependence Africa, economic integration, and the geography of poverty; substantially revised coverage of gender dynamics, urban living environments, mineral and energy resources, and many other topics; and many of the 200+ maps, graphs, tables, and photographs are new or updated.
Pedagogical Features Include: Vignettes in every chapter that provide detailed case studies from a variety of countries and elaborate on key concepts. Recommendations for further reading on each topic, including print and online sources. Downloadable PowerPoint slides of all original figures, photos, and tables. An extensive glossary
"Stock invites the reader to relearn the map of Africa and to locate and understand processes and events that continue to influence Africa’s development paths with quite different and often unpredictable outcomes. He uses vignettes to simultaneously enliven the text and create a productive platform on which to engage with recent developments in the continent. In its third edition, this book remains one of the key texts on the geographical study of Africa." - Maano Ramutsindela, PhD, University of Cape Town, South Africa
"This significantly revised edition of Africa South of the Sahara offers a critical interpretation of received ideas. Stock situates contemporary human development concerns about sub-Saharan Africa in their historical, cultural, and regional perspectives. A new chapter on the history of development thinking guides the book’s synthetic discussions of rural and urban economies and livelihoods, population and resources, and health. The prose is lucid and the arguments compelling. A highly accessible introductory text for courses on regional geography, development studies, and global studies." - Thomas J. Bassett, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Introduction: New Beginnings? Part I: Overview. The Map of Africa. Imagining Africa: Roots of Western Perceptions of the Continent. Thinking about Development: Development Theory and Practice in the African Context. Part II: Culture and Society. African Culture: Diversity and Creativity. Societal Diversity: Language, Ethnicity, and Religion. Gender Dynamics: Men and Women in African Societies. Part III: The Physical Environment. Geology and Geomorphology of Africa. Africa’s Climate: Regions, Dynamics, and Change. Biogeography and Ecology. Part IV: Africa in Historical Perspective. The African Past. The Colonial Legacy. Independent Africa: Politics and Development. Part V: Dynamics of Population. Population Distribution. Population Growth. Population Mobility. Part VI: African Economies. Africa in the World Economy. National Economies: Strategies for Growth and Development. Prospects for Economic Integration. Part VII: Rural Economies. Indigenous Food Production Systems. Agrarian Development and Change. Food Security. Part VIII: Urban Economies and Societies. The Evolution of Urban Structure. Urban Economies. Urban Living Environments. Part IX: Resources. Mineral and Energy Resources. Water Resources. Flora and Fauna as Economic Resources. Part X: Social Geography. Living in Poverty. Social Policy: The Health Sector. Children in Africa: Prospects for the Next Generation. Conclusion: Which Future? Glossary.
Robert Stock, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He previously held positions at the University of Saskatchewan and at Queen's University, Ontario.