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Outside looking in : an African perspective on American pluralistic society /
Kofi K. Apraku.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996.
description
xxii, 120 p.
ISBN
0275942074 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996.
isbn
0275942074 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
1644380
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-09-01:
Offering a personal account of his more than 20 years of living in the US, Apraku provides an outsider's view of what is good and bad about American society. He describes America's greatest strengths and ideals, such as freedom, liberty, hard work, individualism, achievement, success, and its competitive spirit. Conversely, he argues that these strengths are the causes of America's greatest weaknesses--crime, alcoholism and drugs, stress, depression, emotional instability, breakdown of the family, child abuse, apathy, greed, and corruption. Apraku, a Ghanaian, hopes to present a realistic picture of a country that many of his compatriots erroneously perceive as paved with streets of gold. He sets the stage for a vicarious journey from a rural village in West Africa to the urban skyscrapers of the northwestern US. The journey entails six stops (chapters): "America the Beautiful"; "What Price Success?"; "The Heartbreak," which compares the traditional "monogamous" American nuclear family with the traditional "polygamous" African extended family: "Voter Apathy and Media Politics"; "Political Corruption: The American Style"; and "Black Is Black." Each stop is a journey unto itself, yet readers will want to complete the entire trip. A significant work of cross-cultural comparison. All levels. R. Stewart SUNY College at Buffalo
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'œOffering a personal account of his more than 20 years of living in he US, Apraku provides an outsider's view of what is good and bad about American society. He describes America's greatest strengths and ideals, such as freedom, liberty, hard work, individualism, achievement, success, and its competetive spirit. Conversely, he argues that these strengths are the causes of America's greatest weaknesses--crime, alcoholism and drugs, stress, depression, emotional instability, breakdown of the family, child abuse, apathy, greed, and corruption...Each stop is a journey unto itself, yet readers will want to complete the entire trip. A significant work of cross-cultural comparison. All levels.'' Choice
'œIt is not often that those on the inside can be objective about the mechanics of government; the ethics, humanity, and humility of politics; and the dignity of person afforded everyone regardless of race, gender, of religious preference. Outside Looking In affords those on the inside a necessary perspective on society.'' MultiCultural Review
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Mr. Apraku gives the reader an outsider's analysis of the good and bad elements that make up the U.S. The author, a Ghanian who has spent the last 18 years studying and teaching in the U.S., brings his personal experiences as an emigre to this examination of American capitalism and democracy. He looks at the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the American democratic system. Many non-Westerners, including Africans, do not know enough about the western democracy of the American economic system they are being asked to adopt as a panacea to their economic, political, and social problems. This book should be especially appealing to scholars in international and economic development, developmental economics, political economics, and African studies.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
America the Beautiful
What Price Success
The Heartbreak Voter Apathy and Media Politics Black Is Black
Bibliography
Index
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