African History, General
Clothing and Difference
Embodied Identities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
Paperback ISBN: 0822317915
This volume examines the dynamic relationship between the body, clothing, and identity in sub-Saharan Africa and raises questions that have previously been directed almost exclusively to a Western and urban context. Unusual in its treatment of the body surface as a critical frontier in the production and authentification of identity, Clothing and Difference shows how the body and its adornment have been used to construct and contest social and individual identities in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and other African societies during both colonial and post-colonial times. Grounded in the insights of anthropology and history and influenced by developments in cultural studies, these essays investigate the relations between the personal and the public, and between ideas about the self and those about the family, gender, and national groups. They explore the bodily and material creation of the changing identities of women, spirits, youths, ancestors, and entrepreneurs through a consideration of topics such as fashion, spirit possession, commodity exchange, hygiene, and mourning. By taking African societies as its focus, Clothing and Difference demonstrates that factors considered integral to Western social development—heterogeneity, migration, urbanization, transnational exchange, and media representation—have existed elsewhere in different configurations and with different outcomes. With significance for a wide range of fields, including gender studies, cultural studies, art history, performance studies, political science, semiotics, economics, folklore, and fashion and textile analysis/design, this work provides alternative views of the structures underpinning Western systems of commodification, postmodernism, and cultural differentiation. Contributors. Misty Bastian, Timothy Burke, Hildi Hendrickson, Deborah James, Adeline Masquelier, Elisha Renne, Johanna Schoss, Brad Weiss
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz
Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo
Paperback ISBN: 0060934433
A brilliant journalistic account of the rape of the Congo chronicles three decades of graft, corruption, and robbery perpetrated by the Mobutu regime in the tragic central African country of Zaire. Reprint.
A Savage War of Peace
Paperback ISBN: 1590172183
The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and repressive torture. Nearly a half century has passed since this savagely fought war ended in Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic work of history—its repercussions continue to be felt not only in Algeria and France, but throughout the world. Indeed from today’s vantage point the Algerian War looks like a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that now ravages the Middle East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles in which questions of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism take on a new and increasingly lethal intensity. A Savage War of Peace is the definitive history of the Algerian War, a book that brings that terrible and complicated struggle to life with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is essential reading for our own violent times as well as a lasting monument to the historian’s art.
The City Victorious
Paperback ISBN: 0679767274
A writer who has spent much of his life in this fabled city explores its past as the seat of both pharaohs and sultans, its medieval splendor, and the contemporary Cairo that exists sidebyside with ancient tombs. Reprint.
A Long Way Gone
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Paperback ISBN: 0374531269
A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.
Hardcover ISBN: 0824060350
Articles by scholars, performers, composers, and researchers of African music explain how music is made in Africa. After a general profile of the continent and its arts, material turns to themes and ideas that African music cultures have in common and specific musical practices in each region, with chapters on areas such as Yoruba popular music, music and healing, religious music in Kenya, and urban music in the new South Africa. Features a one-hour CD with music examples, plus b&w photos, maps, and discographies. For students, teachers, researchers, musicians, and world music lovers. The first volume in a ten-volume set exploring music of the world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Too Close to the Sun
The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
Paperback ISBN: 0812968921
A New York Times Notable Book, this portrait of the famed African explorer portrayed by Robert Redford in the film Out of Africa covers Hatton's prestigious education, relationships with Beryl Markham and Karen Blixen, and his achievements in early twentieth-century British East Africa. Reprint.