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Challenge of Culture in Africa

From Restoration to Integration

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Tangwa, Godfrey B.

Langaa RPCIG, 2010
Livrel 96p.
(African Studies) - ISBN: 9789956579730
This book was first published as a two-part essay in 1965 and 1967 in ABBIA Cameroon Cultural Review under the title "Idea of Culture"«. Its main argument is that indigenous Africans cultures must be the foundation on which the modern African cultu ral structure should be raised; the soil into which the new seed should be sown; the stem into which the new scion should be grafted; the sap that should enliven the entire organism. This culture, the object of imperialist mockery and rejected, needs rehab ilitation. However, such rehabilitation of African culture cannot be a mere archaeological enterprise. It will not answer to dig up the past and live it as it was. Not only is African culture not without its imperfections, times change and African culture must adapt itself, at every turn, to the changing times. In restoring African culture, it is imperative to steer clear of two extremes: on the one hand, the imperialist arrogance which declared everything African as only fit for the scrap-heap and the dust Anthropologie et ethnologie Fonlon, Bernard N. English Cameroon Cameroon Regional studies| Cultural studies .zip Langaa RPCIG 5722 2010 9789956579730 3810 9789956579730 1 2700.00 17820 9789956579730.pdf Kingdom of Mankon. Aspects of History, Language, Culture, Flora and Fauna 9789956579747 Aspects of History, Language, Culture, Flora and Fauna 372 9789956579747.jpg 79 Livrel Language and Linguistics This book is a descriptive and documentary analysis of the Mankon I-language and E-language mirrored through aspects of history, geography, flora and fauna. These aspects manifest in the taxonomic nomenclatures attributed to referents in society. Because t hese referents were hitherto transmitted orally from generation to generation, the author has painstakingly analysed and documented aspects of Mankon culture for posterity. The work focuses in particular on Mankon proverbs for insights into the structure a nd function of the language. As a vehicle of communication, language plays a primordial role in encoding and decoding "½metalinguistic' data. Through thorough scientific linguistic universals and principals, Chi Che has proposed orthography for Mankon ped agogy that is simple, tenable and practicable. This book is the answer to the international clarion call for societies to analyse and document their endangered indigenous cultures. Schools, linguists, sociolinguists, anthropologists, historians and others will find this book especially useful. Anthropologie et ethnologie Che, Christopher Chi English Cameroon Cameroon Historical-comparative linguistics .zip Langaa RPCIG 5722 2010 9789956579747 3811 9789956579747 1 4800.00 31680 9789956579747.pdf Ethnicity, Citizenship and State in Eastern Africa 9789956579785 160 9789956579785.jpg 79 Livrel Politics and International Affairs This volume, from an Africa perspective, examines the relationship between ethnicity and citizenship within the framework of nation-state. Its objective and scope engage relational aspects of political integration, awaken public conscience, and motivate civic engagement. It provides a platform that could be considered prerequisite for political transformation. Such a framework is indispensable not only for challenging the politics of exclusion and marginalization, but also for reconstructing fractured social relationships. The test of its validity and relevancy is not whether it accounts for particular traditions, but whether it provides a framework through which we can comprehend the dynamics of ethnic identities as an avenue for promoting participatory governance and democratic accountability. An interdisciplinary study of this kind brings forth practical and theoretical contributions to the evolving concepts of ethnicity and citizenship. Actualités et vie politiques Tarimo, Aquiline S.J. English Cameroon Cameroon Regional studies| African history| Civil rights-citizenship .zip Langaa RPCIG 5727 2011 9789956579785 3812 9789956579785 1 2600.00 17160 9789956579785.pdf Elements of African Bioethics in a Western Frame 9789956579853 210 9789956579853.jpg 79 Livrel African Studies "For millennia, Africans have lived on the African continent, in close contact with the diversities of nature: floral, faunal and human; and in so doing they have developed cultures, values, attitudes and perspectives to the problems, ethical and otherwise , that have arisen from the existential pressures of their situation. The problem, however, is that such values and perspectives do not necessarily form coherent ethical theories. Theory-making is a second order activity requiring a certain amount of leisu re and comfort which the existential conditions of life on the African continent have not easily permitted in the retrospect-able past. The elements of African bioethics are to be found in its cultural values, traditions, customs and practices. These are r esearch-able, highlight-able and usable by those who would. The bioethical problems of our current global existential situation are such that all possible solutions, no matter their provenance, ought to be tried. Western cultureÔÇáhas far too loud a voice combined with deaf ears in contemporary ethical discourse. But it should never be forgotten that other culturesÔÇáhave their own word to say and that alternative values, ways of thinking and practices exist, and attempt should always be made to bring these out and to highlight them, if they could possibly contribute to the satisfactory solution of a global problem. This book brings together various papers on bioethical issues and problems, written at different times, some previously published, each of which attempts to bring out some AfricanÔÇáelements, perspective or concern. The African narrative style predominates through these essays but their framing conforms, more or less, to the Western paradigm for presenting academic issues.
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