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Contemporary Social Issues in Africa

Cases in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban

edited by Mokong Simon Mapadimeng, Sultan Khan

This volume comprises of incisive and perceptive essays that analyse social issues in contemporary post-colonial and post-apartheid Africa using cases in three African cities ñ Durban in South Africa, Gaborone in Botswana, and Kampala in Uganda. It is an outcome of collaboration by colleagues from Universities of Kwazulu-Natal, Makerere, Botswana and Dar es Salaam to establish a structured, collaborative scholarly partnership programme. The partnership is called Rethinking Africa Programme, which is consistent with the 21st century ideals of Africa's renewal. Its key objective is to re-think Africa through academic and research initiatives sensitive to our own experiences as Africans, as well as through a critical revisiting of western-based social sciences in order to build new analytical models and concepts that capture processes and dynamics that derive from African experiences. It thus has as its related aim, to counter the proliferation of texts by western scholars on African social issues which dominate lecture rooms and libraries as teaching and learning resources in African universities. It is hoped that this volume will encourage future partnerships on research and teaching of contemporary African social issues amongst African scholars within the continent. Further, it should serve as a teaching and training resource for academic programmes with strong focus on social issues in Africa today.

ISBN 9780798302449 | 292 pages | 244mm x 170mm | B/W Illustrations and Maps | 2010 | Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa | Paperback



"Contemporary social issues in Africa volume covers a wide range of themes in contemporary South Africa; post-transition politics; the compulsions of migration and the fate of migrants; workers’ worlds in factory and micro-enterprise settings; teaching sociology in the Ugandan context; and the problems of violence in schools. The text offers varied in-depth analyses and will no doubt prove useful to researchers within Africa and those from outside the continent. Together with other scholarly initiatives in the continent, the volume signifies a journey towards the end of book ‘famine’ in Africa."

Satish Deshpande, Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

"The book is not set in the usual ‘trouble spots’ of Africa, and also not in the fiery theatres to which the African socio-political drama regularly draws researchers, critics, and cynics. Yet, it strikes right at the heart of the same enduring, despairing challenges. The voices – some quite new, which bring up the issues, the candour of each contributor’s analysis, as well as the timeliness of the interventions, are aspects of the book that inspire hope."

Professor Wilson Akpan, Department of Sociology, University of Fort Hare, East London and President, South African Sociological Association



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