Social Problems in Africa: New Visions

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Political Science - 242 pages
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Despite the recent growth of research on social problems facing the people of sub-Saharan Africa, there remains a critical lack of conceptual, epistemological, and empirical research and documentation. This sophisticated new book attempts to fill that gap by synthesizing, interpreting, and extending the existing literature on conditions that constitute serious impediments to socio-economic development in Africa. It provides an original and up-to-date survey of key problems ranging from poverty and inequality to violence and crime. The contributors, all of whom have lived or worked in Africa, show how social problems emerge, how they are defined, and how various actors attempt to deal with them. This timely book provides a much needed analysis of the major issues and debates regarding the dynamics of social problems in the African context.

"Social Problems in Africa "is broken into four parts. The first introduces readers to the nature of social problems in general and provides a framework for analyzing and understanding social problems in an African context. Part II, on culture, human rights and democracy, examines these crucial aspects of social problems in Africa, as well as issues such as language and colonialism. Part III focuses on poverty and inequality, while conflict and violence is the focus of Part IV. Together, the chapters in this volume provide the most comprehensive and systematic approach to the issues available, bringing much-needed attention to the problems in Africa from the perspective of scholars who have lived and worked there.

 

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Contents

The Nature of Social Problems
3
Understanding Social Problems in Africa
13
Culture Human Rights and Democracy
39
Language and the Politics of Power The Case of Africa
41
Cultural Incongruity in Changing Africa
53
The Authoritarian State and Human Rights Violation in Postcolonial Africa A Case Study of Nigeria 19831995
71
Poverty and Inequality
91
The Feminization of Poverty in Rural SubSaharan Africa
93
Determinants of Labor Migration to Gaborone Botswana
131
Conflict and Violence
155
Social and Political Aspects of Violence in Africa
157
Nigerias Armed Robbery Problem
173
Africas Refugee Crisis
191
Social Change and Organized Crime in Southern Africa
209
Index
229
About the Editor and Contributors
239

Measuring and Monitoring Urban and Rural Poverty in Nigeria
111

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APOLLO RWOMIRE is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Botswana, where he has taught since 1993./e His research and publications, which include many books, chapters, and journal articles, encompass social policy, social science methodology, education and development, and social problems. In addition, he serves as a consultant to FAO and UNICEF.

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