AFRICA EVERY DAY, fun, leisure, and expressive culture on the continent

: Balogun (O.) et al eds.

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371pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Athens, 2019.


Contributions include:
Hosting a Haircutting in Diégo Suarez, Madagascar" by Erin Nourse
"Tank Park's Children: recreational activities of Namibian children in Oranjemund during the 1980s" by Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov
"'Have You Been to the Malls?' the new mall scene in Botswana" by Deborah Durham
"Love, Play, and Sex: polyamory and the hidden pleasures of everyday life in Kaoko, northwest Namibia" by Steven Van Wolputte
"Leisure at the Edge of Legality: cannabis in twentieth-century Swaziland and South Africa" by Bill McCoy.

“With its snapshots of a dazzling variety of everyday activities — sports, social media, music, moviegoing, sex and romance, and the use of public spaces are just a few — this bright and readable collection sets out to provide an antidote to the prevailing depiction of Africa as a scene of unmitigated deprivation, disorder, and despair. It will easily intrigue readers who are not African studies specialists, as well as Africanists in a wide range of disciplines (anthropology, politics, cultural studies, history, literature, development studies).” Karin Barber, author of A History of African Popular Culture

Oluwakemi Balogun teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at the University of Oregon.
Folklorist Lisa Gilman teaches at George Mason University. She is the author of The Dance of politics: performance, gender, and democratization in Malawi.
Historian Melissa Graboyes teaches in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
Music and dance scholar and practitioner Habib Iddrisu teaches at the University of Oregon.