Yoruba Identity and Power Politics covers the major issues on Yoruba history and politics, thus offering a solid understanding of one of the most popular ethnic groups in Africa. With a careful blend of sources and methods, narratives on the past and present, the book manages to present a long history as the backdrop to complicated contemporary politics. Contributors: Tunde M. Akinwumi, Olufunke A. Adeboye, R. T. Akinyele, Aribidesi Usman, Tunde Oduwobi, Olufemi Vaughan, Abolade Adeniji, Jean-Luc Martineau, Ann O'Hear, Rasheed Olaniyi, Charles Temitope Adeyanju, Julius O. Adekunle, Funso Afolayan, Olayiwola Abegunrin. Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Ann Genova is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
Toyin Falola and Ann Genova have done Yoruba studies an excellent service by thoughtfully bringing together a collection of essays that draws from the inspiration of previous works but avoids the pitfalls of rehashing old ideas. The result is an imaginative, refreshing, and beautiful scholarship without the pretensions of textual and theoretical jargons. We finally have that long-sought single volume that superbly captures major and diverse historical themes in Yoruba experience from the precolonial to the present in wholesome interdisciplinary frameworks. Yoruba Identity and Power Politics is a superior work in the genre, an excellent book to teach and think with on a myriad of topics relevant to contemporary Africa. --Akin Ogundiran, Associate Professor of History, Florida International University, Miami Yoruba Identity and Power Politics is a breath of fresh air and a critical watershed in the discourse of the ever-so-challenging and complicated web of the idea of Yorubaness. This work is indeed an assemblage of serious intellectuals of Yoruba history whose collective voice projects a cutting edge in the discourse of the socio-political dichotomy of identity and power. This is a must read for anyone who is either genuinely interested in the knowledge of the Yoruba history or truly excited about a people whose culture, history, and identity remain most enduring and most visible in the vast world of the African diaspora. --Michael O. Afolayan, PhD, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
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