Understanding Contemporary Africa

Understanding Contemporary Africa

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Thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends - including Africa and the war on terror, progress and problems in democratization, advances by women in politics, developments in the fight against AIDS, the growing influence of China, the establishment of the African Union, and much more - this new edition of "Understanding Contemporary Africa" treats the range of issues facing the continent in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The authors provide current, thorough analyses not only of history, politics, and economics, but also geography, environmental concerns, population shifts, family and kinship, the role of women, religious beliefs, and literature. Each topic is covered in an accessible style, but with reference to the latest scholarship. Maps, photographs, and a table of basic political data enhance the text, which has made its place as the best available introduction to this diverse and complex continent.show more

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  • Paperback | 475 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 1588264661
  • 9781588264664
  • 440,615

About April A. Gordon

April A. Gordon is professor of sociology and director of the Women's Studies Program at Winthrop University. Donald L. Gordon is professor of political science and director of Africa - Asian Programs at Furman University.show more

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"Excellent.... a remarkably sound text for introductory courses on Sub-Saharan Africa." - Journal of Developing Areas "A welcome breath of fresh air." - Orbis "A well chosen and integrated whole.... deserving of a prominent place in university programmes." - Canadian Journal of Development Studies"show more

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