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Cultural atlas of Africa / edited by Jocelyn Murray.

Contributor(s): Murray, Jocelyn, 1929- | Facts on File, Inc.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : Facts on File, [c1981]Description: 240 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.ISBN: 0871965585 :; 9780871965585.Subject(s): Africa -- CivilizationDDC classification: 960 Summary: Maps, photographs and text describe the phenomenal growth of the African nations, both geographically and culturally.
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Bibliography: p. 227-229.

Includes index.

Maps, photographs and text describe the phenomenal growth of the African nations, both geographically and culturally.

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Unfortunately, the second edition of this beautiful, oversized atlas does not meet expectations. Although it has many fine photographs and maps, its faults are lack of textual material, poor editing, and misconceptualization. It has three parts (Physical Background, Cultural Background, Nations of Africa) and includes a gazetteer. Only part 2 relates directly to the work's title. Part 1 is a 13-page introduction to the continent's geography, and part 3, which takes up half the volume, provides individual country surveys with very brief geographical information, short historical overviews, and maps showing geographical, agricultural, and mining features. One would expect the country maps to show language areas or ethnic groups. It would have made better sense to greatly expand the cultural and omit the historical material. Much material, not updated from the 1981 edition, is misleading or offensive; the chapter "Education and Literacy" concludes, "At the beginning of the 1980s. . . ." The diaspora map provides information for 1950, and an urbanization map shows the 1980 colonial name for the capital of Zimbabwe. One photo caption for a South African township cites apartheid laws. The chapter "Vernacular Architecture" refers to Burkina Faso as "Upper Volta"; the name was changed in 1984. The editor advises against the prejudicial term "tribes" but uses it in the chapters on Western Sahara and Guinea-Bissau. She also uses the derogatory term "pygmies." Discussion of The Economic Commission for Africa fails to mention the UN, its parent body. A passage on p.110 asserts North African people have "Negro admixtures." For a distinguished overview of African cultures, see Encyclopedia of World Cultures: Volume IX: Africa and the Middle East, ed. by John Middleton and Amal Rassam (CH, Nov'96). Not recommended. A. Kagan; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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