Culture and Customs of South Africa

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - Political Science - 301 pages
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South Africa can be considered the newest of African nations, with the ending of Apartheid in 1994. It is one of the most ethnically, culturally, and linguistically varied countries on the continent and the economic powerhouse of southern Africa. This inclusive overview is a must-have for all readers wanting a meaty introduction to South Africa today, in an historical context that pulls the strands of all South Africans, from Zulu to Afrikaner to Indian, together. Some highlights from the myriad of topics covered include oral history, multireligious traditions, wood sculpture, communal ties, cone-on-cylinder housing, changing roles of women, conjugal arrangements, and British and Boer influences.

This timely work expands our knowledge of South Africa beyond the headlines. The European angle with the story behind the Boers, the Afrikaners, and Apartheid is made clear. The African angle is the strongest, with balanced insights into various traditions and ways of life. A chronology, glossary, photos, and map complement the narrative.

 

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Contents

Land and People
1
History and Political Economy
25
Religion and Worldview
57
Literature
87
The Media
107
Art and Architecture
121
Cuisine and Traditional Dress
155
Gender Roles Marriage and Family
181
Social Customs and Lifestyle
213
Performing Arts and Cinema
233
Glossary
263
Bibliographical Essay
271
Index
291
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About the author (2004)

FUNSO AFOLAYAN is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

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