2nd Edition

Africa Diversity and Development

    496 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    496 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Africa: Diversity and Development introduces and de-mystifies Africa’s diversity and dynamism, and considers how its peoples and environments have interacted through time and space.

    The book examines the background and diversity of Africa’s social, cultural, economic, political and environmental systems, as well as key development issues which have affected Africa in the past and are likely to be significant in shaping the future of the continent. These include: the impact of HIV/AIDS; sources of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; the state and governance; the nature of African economies in a global context and future development trajectories. This second edition features new chapters on history and governance, health, separate chapters on rural and urban development and updated content on all aspects of the continent, particularly aspects of culture and ethnicity. It is richly illustrated throughout with diagrams and plates and contains a wealth of detailed up-to-date case studies and current data.

    This textbook is a refreshing interdisciplinary text which enhances understanding of the background to Africa’s current position and clarifies possible future scenarios. It will be a valuable resource for students taking modules on Africa, African Development and Geography of Africa, and will also prove useful to students in the wider fields of Geography, Development Studies, Global Studies, Environment and Society and African Politics.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Africa’s Place

    Chapter 2 Developing Africa

    Chapter 3 History and Governance

    Chapter 4 Conflict and Post-Conflict

    Chapter 5 Africa’s People

    Chapter 6 Health and Development

    Chapter 7 Environment

    Chapter 8 Rural Africa

    Chapter 9 Urban Africa

    Chapter 10 Africa’s Economies

    Chapter 11 Conclusion


    Tony Binns was Ron Lister Professor of Geography (2004-2021) at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Etienne Nel is Professor and Head of the School of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Alan Dixon is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Worcester, UK.

    Kenneth Lynch is Professor of Development and Community and Convener of the ‘Place, Environment and Community Research Priority Area’ at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.