Museums and Urban Culture in West Africa

Museums and Urban Culture in West Africa

Emmanuel Arinze

Edited by Alexis Adande


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James Currey



An introduction to the urban phenomenon in West Africa and the significance it has for museums.
Towns were a recurrent feature of African civilizations and archaeology is a key discipline for the study of urban life before the colonial period but this volume also addresses aspects of modern urban culture: funerary arts, modern sculpture, cholera awareness and the ingenuity of the urban recycling artisan.

Published in association with The West African Museums Programme and the International African Institute.


March 2002
71 black and white, 2 line illustrations
192 pages
21.6x18.5 cm
West African Museums Programme
ISBN: 9780852552759
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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Taken as a whole, the volume presents a very readable introduction to the urban phenomenon in West Africa and its significance for museums. That museums have an obligation to educate and serve the needs of their public is important and undeniable and the authors deserve credit for making that point and imaginatively exploring the many possible ways to meet that obligation. ...this book is very accessible, offers a fine introduction to the confluence between urbanism and museums in West Africa, and can be recommended for students as well as lay readers interested in Africa, and in museums and urbanism generally. - elinda Straight in MUSEUM ANTHROPOLOGY