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A New Narrative for Africa

Voice and Agency, 1st Edition

By Abiodun Alao


240 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses the perception of Africa in the global equation, tracing Africa’s transition from a "problem" to be solved into an agency.

Mixing Afro-optimism with heavy doses of Afro-reality and Afro-responsibility, this book attempts an academic picture of Africa This book calls for a new political narrative about Africa, capturing the multi-disciplinary dimensions of Africa’s “transition” and critically examining its ramifications. The author discusses the origins of the “Problem” perception held about Africa and explains how things are turning around and how the continent is now becoming a voice to be heard rather than a problem to be solved. He then goes onto interrogate some of the key manifestations of this new “voice” and identifies how the world is responding to the new “voice” of Africa before finally, examining some of the contradictions that have been embedded in the transition. The book is strategically multi-disciplinary - emphasizing key disciplines of African studies in different chapters - for example: anthropology, ethnography and philosophy in Chapter 1; History, in Chapter 2; economics, in Chapter 3; politics in Chapter 4; arts, literature and aesthetics, in Chapter 5; religion, in Chapter 6, and Globalization, in Chapter 7. Through this, A New Narrative for Africa explores and analyses several of the various strands of the African studies discipline, examining the transformation of African on the global stage over the course of its history.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book will be of interest across African Studies, Global Affairs, politics, economics and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Backgrounds of the Africa as a “Problem” Narrative 2. Factors and Issues in the Transformation to "Agency" 3. African Economies 4. African Politics, Peace and Security 5. Writing and Re-Writing Africa: The Arts, Sports and Information Technology 6. Religion and Social Transformation in Africa 7. Global Responses to Africa's New Narrative

About the Author

Abiodun Alao is Professor of African Studies at King’s College London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies