Taking sides. Clashing views on African issues,
selected, edited, and with introductions by William G. Moseley
3rd ed.
Guilford, Conn. : McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, c2009.
xxx, 385 p.. ; 23 cm.
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Guilford, Conn. : McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, c2009.
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Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues, Third Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in African studies. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and commentators, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.
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This Third Edition of TAKING SIDES: CLASHING VIEWS ON AFRICAN ISSUES presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM, ISBN 0073343900 is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website,
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Advisory Boardp. vii
Introductionp. xxi
Historyp. 1
Did the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Underdevelop Africa?p. 2
Yes: Paul E. Lovejoy, from "The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa: A Review of the Literature," Journal of American History (1989)p. 4
No: John Thornton, from Africa and the Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World (Cambridge University Press, 1992)p. 13
Have the Contributions of Africans Been Recognized for Developing New World Agriculture?p. 24
Yes: Duncan Clinch Heyward, from Seed from Madagascar (University of North Carolina Press, 1937)p. 26
No: Judith Carney, from "Agroenvironments and Slave Strategies in the Diffusion of Rice Culture to the Americas," in Karl S. Zimmerer and Thomas J. Bassett, eds., Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment-Development Studies (Guilford Press, 2003)p. 30
Is European Subjugation of Africans Ultimately Explained by Differences in Land, Plant, and Animal Resources?p. 41
Yes: Jared Diamond, from "Why Europeans Were the Ones to Colonize Sub-Saharan Africa," Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (W. W. Norton, 1999)p. 43
No: Lucy Jarosz, from "A Human Geographer's Response to Guns, Germs and Steel: The Case of Agrarian Development and Change in Madagascar," Antipode (2003)p. 46
Did Colonialism Distort Contemporary African Development?p. 53
Yes: Marcus Colchester, from "Slave and Enclave: Towards a Political Ecology of Equatorial Africa," The Ecologist (September/October 1993)p. 55
No: Robin M. Grier, from "Colonial Legacies and Economic Growth," Public Choice (March 1999)p. 64
Developmentp. 71
Have Free-Market Policies Worked for Africa?p. 72
Yes: Gerald Scott, from "Who Has Failed Africa? IMF Measures or the African Leadership?" Journal of Asian and African Studies (August 1998)p. 74
No: Thandika Mkandawire, from "The Global Economic Context," in B. Wisner, C. Toulmin, and R. Chitiga, eds., Towards a New Map of Africa (Earthscan, 2005)p. 82
Are Abundant Mineral and Energy Resources a Catalyst for African Development?p. 97
Yes: Oliver Maponga and Philip Maxwell, from "The Fall and Rise of African Mining," Minerals and Energy (2001)p. 99
No: Sunday Dare, from "A Continent in Crisis: Africa and Globalization," Dollars and Sense (July/August 2001)p. 110
Is Increasing Chinese Investment Good for African Development?p. 117
Yes: Ali Zafar, from "The Growing Relationship Between China and Sub-Saharan Africa: Macroeconomic, Trade, Investment and Aid Links," World Bank Research Observer (Spring 2007)p. 119
No: Padraig R. Carmody and Francis Y. Owusu, from "Competing Hegemons? Chinese versus American Geo-Economic Strategies in Africa," Political Geography (2007)p. 129
Agriculture, Food, and the Environmentp. 139
Does the Conflict in the Darfur Region of Sudan Have Environmental Causes?p. 140
Yes: UN Environment Programme, from "Conflict and the Environment," Sudan: Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment (June 2007)p. 142
No: Lydia Polgreen, from "A Godsend for Darfur, or a Curse?" New York Times (July 22, 2007)p. 150
Is Food Production in Africa Capable of Keeping Up with Population Growth?p. 154
Yes: Michael Mortimore and Mary Tiffen, from "Population and Environment in Time Perspective: The Machakos Story," People and Environment in Africa (John Wiley & Sons, 1995)p. 156
No: John Murton, from "Population Growth and Poverty in Machakos District, Kenya," The Geographical Journal (March 1999)p. 164
Does African Agriculture Need a Green Revolution?p. 176
Yes: Kofi A. Annan, from "Remarks on the Launch of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa at the World Economic Forum," in Cape Town, South Africa (June 14, 2007)p. 178
No: Carol B. Thompson, from "Africa: Green Revolution or Rainbow Revolution?" Foreign Policy In Focus (July 17, 2007)p. 182
Is Sub-Saharan Africa Experiencing a Deforestation Crisis?p. 188
Yes: Kevin M. Cleaver and Gotz A. Schreiber, from Reversing the Spiral: The Population, Agriculture, and Environmental Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa (The World Bank, 1994)p. 190
No: Thomas J. Bassett and Koli Bi Zueli, from "Environmental Discourses and the Ivorian Savanna," Annals of the Association of American Geographers (March 2000)p. 197
Social Issuesp. 209
Should Female Genital Cutting Be Accepted as a Cultural Practice?p. 210
Yes: Fuambai Ahmadu, from "Rites and Wrongs: Excision and Power among Kono Women of Sierra Leone," in B. Shell-Duncan and Y. Hernlund, eds., Female 'Circumcision' in Africa Culture, Controversy, and Change (Lynne Reiner, 2001)p. 212
No: Liz Creel et al., from "Abandoning Female Genital Cutting: Prevalence, Attitudes, and Efforts to End the Practice," A Report of the Population Reference Bureau (August 2001)p. 222
Are Women in a Position to Challenge Male Power Structures in Africa?p. 232
Yes: Richard A. Schroeder, from Shady Practices: Agroforestry and Gender Politics in The Gambia (University of California Press, 1997)p. 234
No: Human Rights Watch, from "Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya," A Report of Human Rights Watch (March 2003)p. 240
Is the International Community Focusing on HIV/AIDS Treatment at the Expense of Prevention in Africa?p. 246
Yes: Andrew Creese, Katherine Floyd, Anita Alban, and Lorna Guinness, from "Cost-Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Interventions in Africa: A Systematic Review of the Evidence," The Lancet (2002)p. 248
No: Philip J. Hilts, from "Changing Minds: Botswana Beats Back AIDS," in Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Challenge (Penguin Books, 2005)p. 257
Should Developed Countries Provide Debt Relief to the Poorest, Indebted African Nations?p. 275
Yes: Dorothy Logie and Michael Rowson, from "Poverty and Health: Debt Relief Could Help Achieve Human Rights," Health and Human Rights (1998)p. 277
No: Robert Snyder, from "Proclaiming Jubilee-For Whom?" The Christian Century (June 1999)p. 283
Politics, Governance, and Conflict Resolutionp. 291
Is Multi-Party Democracy Taking Hold in Africa?p. 292
Yes: Michael Bratton and Robert Mattes, from "Support for Democracy in Africa: Intrinsic or Instrumental" British Journal of Political Science (July 2001)p. 294
No: Joel D. Barkan, from "The Many Faces of Africa: Democracy Across a Varied Continent," Harvard International Review (Summer 2002)p. 306
Is Foreign Assistance Useful for Fostering Democracy in Africa?p. 314
Yes: Arthur A. Goldsmith, from "Donors, Dictators and Democrats in Africa," The Journal of Modern African Studies (2001)p. 316
No: Julie Hearn, from "Aiding Democracy? Donors and Civil Society in South Africa," Third World Quarterly (2000)p. 323
Is Corruption the Result of Poor African Leadership?p. 334
Yes: Robert I. Rotberg, from "The Roots of Africa's Leadership Deficit," Compass (2003)p. 336
No: Arthur A. Goldsmith, from "Risk, Rule, and Reason: Leadership in Africa," Public Administration and Development (2001)p. 345
Are African-Led Peacekeeping Missions More Effective than International Peacekeeping Efforts in Africa?p. 354
Yes: David C. Gompert, from "For a Capability to Protect: Mass Killing, the African Union and NATO," Survival (Spring 2006)p. 356
No: Nsonurua J. Udombana, from "Still Playing Dice with Lives: Darfur and Security Council Resolution 1706," Third World Quarterly (2007)p. 364
Contributorsp. 378
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