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Culture and customs of South Africa
Afọlayan, Funso S.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 301 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
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GN656 .A36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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South Africa can be considered the newest of African nations, with the ending of Apartheid in 1994. It is one of the most ethnically, culturally, and linguistically varied countries on the continent and the economic powerhouse of southern Africa. This inclusive overview is a must-have for all readers wanting a meaty introduction to South Africa today, in an historical context that pulls the strands of all South Africans, from Zulu to Afrikaner to Indian, together. Some highlights from the myriad of topics covered include oral history, multireligious traditions, wood sculpture, communal ties, cone-on-cylinder housing, changing roles of women, conjugal arrangements, and British and Boer influences.

This timely work expands our knowledge of South Africa beyond the headlines. The European angle with the story behind the Boers, the Afrikaners, and Apartheid is made clear. The African angle is the strongest, with balanced insights into various traditions and ways of life. A chronology, glossary, photos, and map complement the narrative.

Author Notes

FUNSO AFOLAYAN is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
1 Land and Peoplep. 1
2 History and Political Economyp. 25
3 Religion and Worldviewp. 57
4 Literaturep. 87
5 The Mediap. 107
6 Art and Architecturep. 121
7 Cuisine and Traditional Dressp. 155
8 Gender Roles, Marriage, and Familyp. 181
9 Social Customs and Lifestylep. 213
10 Performing Arts and Cinemap. 233
Glossaryp. 263
Bibliographical Essayp. 271
Indexp. 291