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Title:Development, Modernism and Modernity in Africa
Author:Agwuele, AugustineISNI
Series:Routledge African studies
City of publisher:New York
ISBN:0415899249; 9780415899246
Geographic term:Africa
Abstract:In this volume modernism denotes the ideology and modernity covers the associated practices. As modernism is not endogamous to Africa, it grafts poorly onto existing life structures and this is the basic problem explored in this book. The Introduction is by A. Agwuele. Part 1, Modernism/modernity: sociocultural transformation, is composed of essays on how the delay in embracing modernity defers democracy (Ali A. Mazrui); following general criticism of the Enlightenment, a critique of the chapter 'Race and Modernity' in Cornel West's 'The Cornel West Reader' (Hetty ter Haar); chieftaincy and the modern Dagomba elite (Ghana; Deborah Pellow); the 'murids' in Sufi orders in Senegal and Wolof written in 'ajami' script (Fallou Ngom); language and culture in the USA Africa Dialogue series (Augustine Agwuele); and the concept of 'elaloro' in Yoruba pedagogy (Nigeria; Michael O. Afolayan). Part 2, Modernism/modernity: arts, media and religion, examines the idea of African cultural production (Kenneth W. Harrow); collaboration between Nigerians and Germans and the making of a Yoruba Cultural Movement (Debra Klein); a discussion with the South African artist Zanele Muholi about the sexualization of the black female body in art and photography (Moyo Okediji); Jean Pierre Bekolo's film 'Les Saignantes' and retrieving the 'Mevoungou' (precolonial women's ritual) (Cameroon; Naminata Diabate); gender stereotypes in advertising in Kenya (Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi); modern performing arts in Kenya from Kamiirithu to the XYZ show (Hannington Ochwada); African Christianity in the global context (Caleb O. Oladipo); and women and Islam in urban Burkina Faso (Liza Debevec). Part 3, Development: economic and political transformation, is composed of discussions of the problem of keeping a check on foreign direct investment in Africa (Roshen Hendrickson); the Fulani land-settlement question in British Southern Cameroon (Emmanuel M. Mbah); violence against the Lutheran mission stations in the precolonial Zulu state (South Africa; Kirsten Rüther); colonialism and cultural change (Julius O. Adekunle); and remaking social institutions in postgenocide Rwanda (Wanjala S. Nasong'o).