African Studies

History, Politics, Economics and Culture

  • Psychiatry, Mental Institutions, and the Mad in Apartheid South Africa

    By Tiffany Fawn Jones

    In the late 1970s, South African mental institutions were plagued with scandals about human rights abuse, and psychiatric practitioners were accused of being agents of the apartheid state. Between 1939 and 1994, some psychiatric practitioners supported the mandate of the racist and…

    Paperback – 2014-04-08
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  • The Ancient Egyptian Family

    Kinship and Social Structure

    By Troy D. Allen

    Scholars in Egyptology have often debated the following question: was the ancient Egyptian society organized along patrilineal or matrilineal lines? In taking a fresh and innovative look at the ancient Egyptian family, Allen attempts to solve this long-standing puzzle. Allen argues that the…

    Paperback – 2014-01-06
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  • Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa

    By Chima J. Korieh, Raphael Chijioke Njoku

    Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa aims to explore the ways Christianity and colonialism acted as hegemonic or counter hegemonic forces in the making of African societies. As Western interventionist forces, Christianity and colonialism were crucial in establishing and maintaining…

    Paperback – 2013-10-14
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  • Nyansapo (The Wisdom Knot)

    Toward an African Philosophy of Education

    By Kwadwo A. Okrah

    This study examines the issues of indigenous philosophies, which are embedded in different aspects of socialization process among the Akan of Ghana. The research explores the possibility of forging a new future that builds on the positive aspects of their past and present and on carefully chosen…

    Paperback – 2013-09-02
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  • Nefer

    The Aesthetic Ideal in Classical Egypt

    By Willie Cannon-Brown

    This book provides an original treatment of the concept of good and beauty in ancient Egypt. It seeks to examine the dimensions of nefer, the term used to describe the good and the beautiful, within the context of ordinary life. Because the book is based upon original research on ancient Egypt…

    Paperback – 2013-07-07
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  • Igbo Women and Economic Transformation in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900-1960

    By Gloria Chuku

    This study analyzes the complexity and flexibility of gender relations in Igbo society, with emphasis on such major cultural zones as the Anioma, the Ngwa, the Onitsha, the Nsukka, and the Aro.…

    Paperback – 2013-04-30
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  • Law, Morality, and International Armed Intervention

    The United Nations and ECOWAS

    By Mourtada Deme

    International law is often manipulated in the debate about humanitarian intervention. The Liberian case provides an opportunity to challenge the UN and The Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS') new approach. ECOWAS and the UN's justifications for moving away from the current norms…

    Paperback – 2013-04-30
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  • The Hidden Debate

    The Truth Revealed about the Battle over Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States

    By Akil Kokayi Khalfani

    The Hidden Debate is a fresh and cutting-edge comparative analysis of the ongoing and highly charged social conflict over affirmative action in South Africa and the United States. The debate over affirmative action has raged for over 30 years in the United States and since the early 1990s in South…

    Paperback – 2013-02-12
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  • Doing Justice without the State

    The Afikpo (Ehugbo) Nigeria Model

    By Ogbonnaya Oko Elechi

    This study examines the principles and practices of the Afikpo (Eugbo) Nigeria indigenous justice system in contemporary times. Like most African societies, the Afikpo indigenous justice system employs restorative, transformative and communitarian principles in conflict resolution. This book…

    Paperback – 2013-01-10
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  • The Role of the Press and Communication Technology in Democratization

    The Nigerian Story

    By Aje-Ori Anna Agbese

    In the 1990s, Nigeria, like several countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America, underwent transition programs to return the country to democracy. Nigeria’s democratization in the 1990s was a civil and international movement to free Nigeria from over 20 years of authoritarian…

    Paperback – 2013-01-10
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  • The NGO Factor in Africa

    The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya

    By Maurice N. Amutabi

    The book breaks new ground in understanding the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Africa. The book historicizes NGOs using the Rockefeller Foundation as a case study, looking at its tripartite paradoxical roles as an agent of colonialism, globalization and development/…

    Paperback – 2013-01-10
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  • African Minorities in the New World

    Edited by Toyin Falola, Niyi Afolabi

    This book uncovers the reality that new African immigrants now represent a significant force in the configuration of American polity and identity especially in the last forty years. Despite their minority status, African immigrants are making their marks in various areas of human endeavor and…

    Paperback – 2012-11-27
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  • Contending Political Paradigms in Africa

    Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia

    By Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o

    This book focuses on the politics of democratization in Africa, especially the strategic choices of the political elite, both incumbent and opposition within the context of transition politics. The decade 1990- 2000 saw a total of 78 top leadership elections involving 43 of the 48 sub-Saharan…

    Paperback – 2012-11-13
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  • Britain, Leftist Nationalists and the Transfer of Power in Nigeria, 1945-1965

    By Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani

    This is the first comprehensive study of leftist ideology and movements and their organizational structure in colonial and post colonial Nigeria. Tijani moves the contributions of Nigerian leftists from the archival centers into mainstream intellectual and nationalist history, proving the first…

    Paperback – 2012-11-13
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  • The 'Civil Society' Problematique

    Deconstructing Civility and Southern Nigeria's Ethnic Radicalization

    By Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson

    This volume deftly undertakes both a theoretical deconstruction of the concept of civil society (and related themes, including civility) and an empirical analysis of the radicalization process in Southern Nigeria .…

    Paperback – 2012-11-13
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  • The Politics of Ethnic Nationalism

    Afrikaner Unity, the National Party and the Radical Right in Stellenbosch, 1934–1948

    By Joanne L. Duffy

    The Politics of Ethnic Nationalism is the first significant local study of National Party and Afrikaner politics. By focusing on Stellenbosch as a university and a town, the book extends our understanding of the complex interaction between the GNP/HNP and various organizations of the radical right…

    Paperback – 2012-11-13
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  • Student Power in Africa's Higher Education

    A Case of Makerere University

    By Frederick K. Byaruhanga

    This book, the first of its kind to treat Uganda, provides a historical analysis of the role of student voices in the development of Uganda's higher education. It not only chronicles incidents of student protests, but also explores and analyses their trigger points as well as the strategies…

    Paperback – 2012-09-09
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  • Western-Educated Elites in Kenya, 1900-1963

    The African American Factor

    By Jim C. Harper

    Western-educated Elites in Kenya, proposes to conduct a critical examination of the emergence of the American-educated Kenyan elites (the Asomi) and their role in the nationalist movement and eventually their Africanization of the Civil and Private sectors in Kenya.…

    Paperback – 2012-09-09
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  • The Experience of Economic Redistribution

    The Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy in South Africa

    By Clarence Tshitereke

    This book provides an analysis of the country's political economy in transition. It documents the history of the gold mining industry's involvement in shaping the political landscape of South Africa, and shows the degree to which the political transition was induced to put in place a new mode of…

    Paperback – 2012-09-09
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  • Balancing Written History with Oral Tradition

    The Legacy of the Songhoy People

    By Hassimi Oumarou Maiga

    By balancing written history with the African oral tradition, this book conceptualizes the integrations among diverse peoples of Africa and specifically among the Songhoy people. Drawing from a number of academic disciplines and original research that documents the oral and literate traditions of…

    Paperback – 2012-07-26
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  • Kwame Nkrumah's Politico-Cultural Thought and Politics

    An African-Centered Paradigm for the Second Phase of the African Revolution

    By Kwame Botwe-Asamoah

    This study critically synthesizes and analyses the relationship between Kwame Nkrumah's politico-cultural philosophy and policies as an African-centered paradigm for the post-independence African revolution. It also argues for the relevance of his theories and politics in today's Africa.…

    Paperback – 2012-07-26
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  • Africa and IMF Conditionality

    The Unevenness of Compliance, 1983-2000

    By Kwame Akonor

    Ghana was one of the first African countries to adopt a comprehensive IMF reform program and the one that has sustained adjustment longest. Yet, questions of Ghana's compliance - to what extent did it comply, how did it manage compliance, what patterns of non-compliance existed, and why? - have not…

    Paperback – 2012-07-25
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  • The Yoruba Traditional Healers of Nigeria

    By Mary Adekson

    This work examines the counseling approaches and techniques used by Yoruba traditional healers of Nigeria. It also describes the functions performed by Yoruba traditional healers when they work within the Yoruba cultural milieu. The information elicited from Yoruba traditional healers through…

    Paperback – 2012-07-25
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  • African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performance

    By Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah

    Through an engaged analysis of writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Niyi Osundare, and Tanure Ojaide and of African traditional oral poets like Omoekee Amao Ilorin and Mamman Shata Katsina, Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah develops an African indigenous discourse paradigm for interpreting and…

    Paperback – 2012-07-10
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  • Between the Lines

    Africa in Western Spirituality, Philosophy, and Literary Theory

    By A. Lassissi Odjo

    Africa’s history has been misrepresented by the outside world, especially by the Judeo-Christian West. An awareness of such a bias in historiographical discourse explains much of the difficulty Africans and peoples of African descent have in formulating a viable identity in intellectual discourse.…

    Hardback – 2012-07-04
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  • Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt

    A Study in Classical African Ethics

    By Maulana Karenga

    This work is a critical examination of Maat, the moral ideal in ancient Egypt. It seeks to present Maat in the language of modern moral discourse while at the same time preserving and building on its distinctiveness as a moral ideal capable of inspiring and maintaining ethical philosophic…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • Social Movements and Democracy in Africa

    The Impact of Women's Struggles for Equal Rights in Botswana

    By Agnes Ngoma Leslie

    This book examines social movements in Africa, analyzing how they emerge and how they may impact public policy, the legal and political situation, and the society by focusing on the following question: How do women's political and legal rights get extended and institutionalized in a patriarchal…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • Non-Traditional Occupations, Empowerment, and Women

    A Case of Togolese Women

    By Ayélé Léa Adubra

    This study explores the relationship between the nature and context of non-traditional occupations and the empowerment status of women in society. Specifically, it examines the extent to which women in non-traditional occupations have been empowered by their skills, knowledge, and position within…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • Mobutu's Totalitarian Political System

    An Afrocentric Analysis

    By Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana

    Mobutu's political system, inaugurated in 1965 and lasting more than three decades, met all the characteristics of totalitarianism. This study shows that the failures and misdeeds of Mobutu's system were clear evidence that it lacked an African-centred vision and did not put the interests of the…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • African Cultural Values

    Igbo Political Leadership in Colonial Nigeria, 1900–1996

    By Raphael Chijioke Njoku

    Although numerous studies have been made of the Western educated political elite of colonial Nigeria in particular, and of Africa in general, very few have approached the study from a perspective that analyzes the impacts of indigenous institutions on the lives, values, and ideas of these…

    Paperback – 2012-06-20
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  • Africa in the 21st Century

    Toward a New Future

    By Ama Mazama

    Africa in the 21st Century: Toward a New Future brings together some of the finest Pan African and Afrocentric intellectuals to discuss the possibilities of a new future where the continent claims its own agency in response to the economic, social, political, and cultural problems which are found…

    Paperback – 2012-06-19
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  • Trans-Atlantic Migration

    The Paradoxes of Exile

    Edited by Toyin Falola, Niyi Afolabi

    This book argues that a new cadre of African immigrants are finding themselves in the New World—mostly well educated, high-income earning professionals, and belonging to the category termed "African brain drain," they constitute the antinomy of those Africans who were forcibly removed from Africa…

    Paperback – 2012-04-09
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  • Heroism and the Supernatural in the African Epic

    By Mariam Konaté Deme

    There exists a strong tendency within Western literary criticism to either deny the existence of epics in Africa or to see African literatures as exotic copies of European originals. In both cases, Western criticism has largely failed to acknowledge the distinctiveness of African…

    Hardback – 2010-06-23
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  • The African Origins of Rhetoric

    By Cecil Blake

    Through a critical analysis of ancient African texts that predate Greco-Roman treatises Cecil Blake revisits the roots of rhetorical theory and challenges what is often advanced as the "darkness metaphor" -- the rhetorical construction of Africa and Africans. Blake offers a thorough examination of…

    Paperback – 2010-06-03
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  • A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics

    Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria

    By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

    This book examines the impact of post-colonial leadership on political integration in Nigeria, offering an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that shape Nigeria's national politics as well as African politics generally. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and…

    Paperback – 2009-04-28
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  • The Human Cost of African Migrations

    Edited by Toyin Falola, Niyi Afolabi

    In an era of globalization, population growth, and displacements, migration is now a fact of life in a constantly shifting economic and political world order. This book contributes to the discourse on the beneficiaries, benefactors, and the casualties of African displacement. While the few existing…

    Paperback – 2009-03-05
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  • The Athens of West Africa

    A History of International Education at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    By Daniel J. Paracka, Jr.

    This book is about Fourah Bay College (FBC) and its role as an institution of higher learning in both its African and international context. The study traces the College's development through periods of missionary education (1816-1876), colonial education (1876-1938), and development education (…

    Hardback – 2003-09-29
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  • Kwame Nkrumah's Contribution to Pan-African Agency

    An Afrocentric Analysis

    By Daryl Zizwe Poe

    This study analyzes contributions made by Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972) to the development of Pan-African agency from the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester to the military coup d'etat of Nkrumah's government in February 1966.…

    Hardback – 2003-07-02
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