African Culture and Global Politics: Language, Philosophies, and Expressive Culture in Africa and the Diaspora

African Culture and Global Politics: Language, Philosophies, and Expressive Culture in Africa and the Diaspora


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This volume attempts to insert itself within the larger discussion of Africa in the twenty-first century, especially within the realm of world politics. Despite the underwhelming amount of attention given to Africa's role in international politics in popular news sources, it is evident that Africa has a consistent record of participating in world politics- one that pre-dates colonization and continues today. In continuance of this legacy of active participation in global political exchanges, Africans today can be heard in dialogues that span the world and their roles are impossible to replace by other entities. It is evident that a vastly different Africa exists than ones that bolster images of starvation, corruption, and compliance.

The essays in this volume center on Africa and Africans participating in international political discourses, but with an emphasis on various forms of expression and philosophies, as these factors heavily influence Africa's role as a participant in global politics. The reader will find a variety of essays that permeate surface discussions of politics and political activism by inserting African culture, rhetoric, philosophies into the larger discussion of international politics and Africa's role in worldwide political, social, and economic debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415713023
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/13/2014
Series: Routledge African Studies
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.

Danielle Sanchez is a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents


I African Philosophies and Philosophies for Africa

1. Ideologies of Development in French Algeria: Saint-Simonians, Manifest Destiny and Globalization

2. Islam and the Politics of Assimilation in French Colonial Algeria

3. Theorizing Conflict and Conflict Resolution in African Philosophical Discourse

4. The Emergent Church in Africa and the Phenomenon of Reverse Missions

5. Africa’s Unheralded Contributions to World Politics

6. Failed State or Political Inspiration?

7. A Parallel Evolution: The Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1968-1994

II Literature, Language, Rhetoric, and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora

8. Ensuring that Africa’s Voice is Heard in International Forums in the Future: The Language Issues Involved

9. Breaking the Yoke of the Culture of Dependency: A Critical-Rhetorical Analysis of Selected Political Speeches of Prominent African Leaders

10. "Playing the Russian Game": George Padmore and the Labelling of African resistance as Soviet Propaganda, 1946-50

11. Strongmen and Strategists: Perspectives on Models of Conflict Resolution in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah

12. Antjie Krog's Country of my Skull, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the New South Africa's Place in World Memory

13. Evangelism as Political Protest in Nineteenth Century African Diaspora: Appraising Julia Foote's Spiritual Autobiography, A Brand Plucked from the Fire

III The Politics of Daily Life in Africa and the African Diaspora

14. The Politics of Gender Roles: A Comparative Analysis of Female Husbands, Male Daughters and Sworn Virgins Among the Igbo of West Africa, the Nandi and Kikuyu of East Africa, and the Gheg of North Albania

15. African and African-Brazilian Family and Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

16. At Home in Exile: Dar es Salaam’s Transnational Activist Scene and the Politics of Everyday Life

17. A Global Education: Cold War Networks, Imperial Angst and the Development of Tanzanian Schools, 1960-1970

18. Democratizing Traditional Rulership and the Question of Women in it in Africa: a Comparison of Nigeria and South Africa

19. Race and Social Islands in Kenya's Urban Social Spaces

20. Music and the Politics of Culture in a South African Zulu HIV/AIDS Experience: Implications for a "Post-Apartheid" Discourse


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