Africans and the Politics of Popular Culture

December 2009
6 black and white illustrations
347 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580463317
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC LIT004010, LCO001000, SOC056000

Africans and the Politics of Popular Culture

Edited by Toyin Falola, Augustine Agwuele

Explores the instrumentalization of various aspects of popular culture in Africa.
This anthology provides insightful data on and discussions of a wide array of popular cultural manifestations and theoretical perspectives, covering such issues as kinship, religion, conflict resolution, music, cinema, drama, and literary texts. The issues cohere around the understanding that culture is situational and political. Going beyond merely challenging popular stereotypes and representations of Africans and African-related practices in various outlets, the book reveals how popular cultural practices are instruments that have been manipulated for personal and collective survival.
The book is distinctive in its codification and explication of aspects of popular practices that are based on data from countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas that showcase cultural negotiations either with reference to how notions, values, norms, and images of Africans have been packaged and exploited over the years or how popular cultures are used as tools of resistance and agitation by the various focal groups that are discussed. The topics are presented and illustrated in ways easily accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

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. Augustine Agwuele is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos.

Contributors: Arinpe Adejumo, Augustine Agwuele, Antoinette Tidjani Alou, Maurice N. Amutabi, Tokunbo A. Ayoola, Nicholas M. Creary, Toyin Falola, Celeste A. Fisher, Denise Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, Hetty ter Haar, Debra L. Klein, Emmanuel M. Mbah, Sarah Steinbock-Pratt, and Asonzeh Ukah

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Toyin Falola and Augustine Agwuele
From Primitive to Popular Culture: Why Kant Never Made It to Africa - Hetty ter Haar
Popular Culture of Yoruba Kinship Practices - Augustine Agwuele
Justice from Below: Cultural Capital, Local/Global Identity Processes, and Social Change in Eastern Niger - Antoinette Tidjani Alou
Popular Culture and the Resolution of Boundary Disputes in the Bamenda Grasslands of Cameroon - Emmanuel M. Mbah
Reverse Mission or Asylum Christianity? A Nigerian Church in Europe - Asonzeh Ukah
Performing Pop Tradition in Nigeria: From Yorùbá Bàtá to Bàtá Fújì - Debra L. Klein
Reclaiming the Past or Assimilationist Rebellion? Transforming the Self in Contemporary American Cinema - Celeste A. Fisher
Neither Bold nor Beautiful: Investigating the Impact of Western Soap Operas on Kenya - Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi
The Lions in the Jungle: Representations of Africa and Africans in American Cinema - Sarah Steinbock-Pratt
Sexuality in Caribbean Performance: Homoeroticism and the African Body in Trinidad - Denise A. Forbes-Erickson
Family Health Awareness in Popular Yorùbá Arts - Arinpe Gbekelolu Adejumo
Literary Cultural Nationalists as Ambassadors across the Diaspora - Nicholas M. Creary
Popular Resistance Literature and the Nigerian Railway Corporation, 1955-60 - Tokunbo A. Ayoola
List of Contributors


A welcome addition to the much-needed study of African popular culture. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES

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