Consensus, Conflict, and Change: A Sociological Introduction to African Societies
Two very distinguished sociologists here undertake an extensive and comparative examination of African societies from a sociological perspective, addressing the various aspects and agents of transformation. The study is against the background of the transformation of African societies triggered by such factors as dysfunctions within values, beliefs and norms, general economic and political factors, and adjustments due to external forces, particularly new culture and technologies. The issues are examined from the perspective that democratisation, modernisation and globalisation are forces influencing African societies, whilst traditional values and cultures produce a conflict of interest. The chapters cover social organisation, interaction, differentiation, families, education, religion, economic activities, cities, social problems and social change.
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