Africa's Legacies of Urbanization: Unfolding Saga of a Continent (Paperback)Stefan Goodwin (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 785 g
Dimensions: 233 x 154 x 37 mm
Dr. Stefan Goodwin takes us on a long, extraordinary and exciting journey through the vast continent of Africa. A journey that encompasses the turbulent and stunning history of the times through the bellicose scramble for territories and human property by colonialists to the amalgamation of varied tribes into unified countries from which economic or true political emancipation has become a quagmire. -- Marcellina U. Offoha, Shaw University
Goodwin writes with conviction, rigor, and clarity about the central role of the African continent, as a whole, in the history and process of defining urbanization. For those who still equate civilization with one version of urbanism the author provides a trenchant corrective documenting repeated efforts to make the African continent self-reliant without interference. Goodwin insists throughout this text that it is historical context which gives meaning to the production of knowledge about the subject. He raises important questions supported by evidence challenging the premises of a single minded global regime. In the process the author also succeeds in underscoring the collaboration of women and men, as well as the social costs from a division of labor that is superbly explained. As Africa scholars seek to explain the totality that gives meaning to their object of study this important study will become a recurring reference and trusted ally. -- W. F. Santiago-Vales, Western Michigan University
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