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- DescriptionThis book addresses the troubling dearth of kwledge that many American undergraduate students have about Africa. Many scholars with research interest in Africa are caught by surprise at the superficial kwledge that students bring to their classrooms; it is a kwledge base that is bereft of an insightful analytical framework of the pertinent issues just as it is deprived of a well-informed historical context of the events. There is mistaking of the import the mass media and neighborhood folklore in shaping the students' perception about the realities of Africa's developments. Mitigating these effects requires access to a college-level introductory textbook on Africa covering a gamut of themes that are germane to the contemporary realities of the continent. It is a textbook that does t romanticize Africa, but addresses the persistent stereotypes that characterize issues about the region. The book does so in two significant ways. First, it offers a refreshing examination of African issues from an afrocentric perspective. This allows the writers to present issues from which they have practical experience, and for the reader to examine them from insider scholarship. Second, it provides an opportunity for scholars and readers to analyze the issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Interdisciplinarity is a testament that issues are complex and single discipline can sufficiently address them. A combination of these two approaches ensures that the book does t develop into a limited and parochial view of issues. The themes covered in the book include: disciplinary perspectives in African studies, ethcentricism in teaching human geography of Africa, and topics of geography, religion and spirituality, mathematics, psychology, government and public policy, the transformation of higher education, rural development, communication and socio-ecomic development, culture and decision making styles all as they relate to Africa.
- Author BiographyIshmael I. Munene is an associate professor in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University.
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication05/08/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps
- Weight662 g
- Width163 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byIshmael I. Munene
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