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Development In Modern Africa

Past and Present Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Martin Shanguhyia, Toyin Falola


272 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Development in Modern Africa: Past and Present Perspectives contributes to our understanding of Africa’s experiences with the development process. It does so by adopting a historical and contemporary analysis of this experience. The book is set within the context of critiques on development in Africa that have yielded two general categories of analyses: scepticism and pessimism.

While not overlooking the shortcomings of development, the themes in the book express an optimistic view of Africa’s development experiences, highlighting elements that can be tapped into to enhance the condition of African populations and their states. By using case studies from precolonial, colonial and postcolonial Africa, contributors to the volume demonstrate that human instincts to improve material, social and spiritual words are universal. They are not limited to the West, where the term and process of development is typically associated with.

Before and after contact with the West, Africans have actively created institutions and values that they have actively employed to improve individual and community lives. This innovative spirit has motivated Africans to integrate or experiment with new values and structures, challenges and solutions to human welfare that resulted from contact with colonialism and the postcolonial global community. The book will be of interest to academics in the field of history, African studies and regional studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Priority Argument, Politics, and Development in Africa 3. Women Chastity, Peace and Security in the Pre-Colonial Yorubaland: Implications for National Development 4. Handicraft (ise owo): A Tool for Sustainable Development among Women in Akokoland, 1900-1960 5. Gender and Development in Africa: The Revolving Influence of Urban Centers on the Traditional Obligation of Umuada in Igboland, Nigeria 6. Railways and Economic Development: The Nigerian Experience in the Global Context 7. Community Development in the Light of Ecclesiastical sensitivity to Climate Change in Ilorin, Nigeria 8. Conflict, Insecurity and Sustainable Development in Africa: The Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria 9. The Creation of Contestation and the Conditions of Encroachment: Land Grabs, Squatting and the Legacy of Land Reform in Tanzania and Nepal 10. South Africa's policy vision for black businesses - the role of entrepreneurship in development 11. Hypomobility - An Epidemiological Analogue for Viewing Urban Transport Conditions in Africa and other Developing Countries 12. Development Planning Under Stress in West Africa: Exploring Options to Forge Ahead

About the Editors

Martin S. Shanguhyia, PhD., is an Associate Professor of African History in the History Department in Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, New York. His research and teaching interests reflect an intersection between colonialism, environment, economy, and development. He studies these elements regarding African rural communities, both agricultural and pastoral.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

About the Series

Global Africa

This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

For submissions and enquiries, please contact:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies