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Modernization as spectacle in Africa

Author: Peter J Bloom; Stephan Miescher; Takyiwaa Manuh; Percy C Hintzen
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For postcolonial Africa, modernization was seen as a necessary outcome of the struggle for independence and as crucial to the success of its newly established states. This book includes 15 essays  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Bloom; Stephan Miescher; Takyiwaa Manuh; Percy C Hintzen
ISBN: 9780253012296 0253012295 9780253012258 0253012252 9780253012333 0253012333
OCLC Number: 843859596
Description: vii, 368 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Stephan F. Miescher, Peter J. Bloom, and Takyiwaa Manuh --
Part one: Modernization and the origins of the package --
After modernization: globalization and the African dilemma / Percy C. Hintzen --
Modernization theory and the figure of blindness: filial reflections / Andrew Apter --
Part two: Media, modernity, and modernization --
Film as instrument of modernization and social change in Africa: the long view / Rosaleen Smyth --
Mass education, cooperation, and the "African mind" / Aaron Windel --
Is propaganda modernity? Press and radio for "Africans" in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi during World War II and its aftermath / Mhoze Chikowero --
Elocution, Englishness, and empire: film and radio in late colonial Ghana / Peter J. Bloom --
Part three: Infrastructure and effects --
Negotiating modernization: the Kariba Dam project in the Central African Federation, ca. 1954-1960 / Julia Tischler --
"No one should be worse off": the Akosombo Dam, modernization, and the experience of resettlement in Ghana / Stephan F. Miescher --
Radioactive excess: modernization as spectacle and betrayal in postcolonial Gabon / Gabrielle Hecht --
Part four: Institutional training in Nkrumah's Ghana --
Modeling modernity: the brief story of Kwame Nkrumah, a Nazi pilot named Hanna, and the wonders of motorless flight / Jean Allman --
The African personality dances highlife: popular music, urban youth, and cultural modernization in Nkrumah's Ghana, 1957-1965 / Nate Plageman --
Building institutions for the new Africa: the institute of African studies at the University of Ghana / Takyiwaa Manuh --
Part five: Modernization and the literary imagination --
Theater and the politics of display: The tragedy of King Christophe at Senegal's first World Festival of Negro Arts / Christina S. McMahon --
Reengaging narratives of modernization in contemporary African literature / Nana Wilson-Tagoe --
Between nationalism and Pan-Africanism: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo's theater and the art and politics of modernizing African culture / Aida Mbowa.
Responsibility: edited by Peter J. Bloom, Stephan F. Miescher, and Takyiwaa Manuh.

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This is a varied collection of fifteen sole-authored chapters on modernization as spectacle, an area that has attracted little research to date . . . [A] good read.Feb. 2016 * Africa *

 
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