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Africa an encyclopedia of culture and society / Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques, editors.

Contributor(s): Falola, Toyin [editor.] | Jean-Jacques, Daniel [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 3 volumes (xxxii, 1366 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781598846652 (alk. paper); 1598846655 (alk. paper).DDC classification: 960.03
Contents:
V. 1. Algeria-Djibouti -- v. 2. Egypt-Mozambique -- v. 3. Namibia-Zimbabwe.
Summary: "These volumes offer a one-stop resource for researching the lives, customs, and cultures of Africa's nations and peoples. Unparalleled in its coverage of contemporary customs in all of Africa, this multivolume set is perfect for both high school and public library shelves. The three-volume encyclopedia will provide readers with an overview of contemporary customs and life in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa through discussions of key concepts and topics that touch everyday life among the nations' peoples. While this encyclopedia places emphasis on the customs and cultural practices of each state, history, politics, and economics are also addressed. Because entries average 14,000 to 15,000 words each, contributors are able to expound more extensively on each country than in similar encyclopedic works with shorter entries. As a result, readers will gain a more complete understanding of what life is like in Africa's 54 nations and territories, and will be better able to draw cross-cultural comparisons based on their reading." -- Publisher's description
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

V. 1. Algeria-Djibouti -- v. 2. Egypt-Mozambique -- v. 3. Namibia-Zimbabwe.

"These volumes offer a one-stop resource for researching the lives, customs, and cultures of Africa's nations and peoples. Unparalleled in its coverage of contemporary customs in all of Africa, this multivolume set is perfect for both high school and public library shelves. The three-volume encyclopedia will provide readers with an overview of contemporary customs and life in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa through discussions of key concepts and topics that touch everyday life among the nations' peoples. While this encyclopedia places emphasis on the customs and cultural practices of each state, history, politics, and economics are also addressed. Because entries average 14,000 to 15,000 words each, contributors are able to expound more extensively on each country than in similar encyclopedic works with shorter entries. As a result, readers will gain a more complete understanding of what life is like in Africa's 54 nations and territories, and will be better able to draw cross-cultural comparisons based on their reading." -- Publisher's description

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This timely three-volume set is the latest addition to a growing genre of encyclopedias in English (since Oxford's 1974 African Encyclopedia) that canvass the continent of Africa from multiple disciplinary perspectives. In their introduction, editors Falola and Jean-Jacques (both, Univ. of Texas at Austin) observe that "popular, and even academic, treatments of Africa often leave much to be desired," and so they provide a necessary and useful background discussion of the continent's history. Organization is alphabetical by nation, and each of the 54 lengthy entries (often illustrated with black-and-white photographs) is structured to "offer the uninitiated a window into the cultural world of Africa." In addition to providing basic geographic data and describing population makeup and ethnicity, type of government, and the religious identity of the inhabitants, these well-written articles cover social customs, literature and oral traditions, art, music, foods, styles of dress, employment, and gender roles, among other topics. The selections of further readings that conclude each essay (most dated only to 2014) cite relevant works published within the countries themselves, alongside print and online resources from western Europe, the US, and international agencies. The encyclopedia's contributors--the majority of whom are affiliated with US academic institutions, and among them many Africans or those receiving their training in Africa--are predominantly historians but also include art historians, anthropologists, linguists, geographers, or scholars in the range of other disciplines making up African studies. The set nicely amplifies sociocultural treatments in the Africa volume that is part of the now 20-year-old Encyclopedia of World Cultures (CH, Nov'96, 34-1275), or another Human Relations Area Files-produced encyclopedia, Countries and Their Cultures (CH, Jan'02, 39-2545). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels. --Robert B. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University

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<p> Toyin Falola , PhD, is a university distinguished teaching professor and holder of the Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.</p> <p> Daniel Jean-Jacques is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the history of science in late colonial Nigeria.</p>

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