Area Handbook for Ivory Coast

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

Two years after independence, the Ivory Coast is a leader in the array of new African republics that find comfort and material advantage in retaining close ties with their former rulers. In the general drive for independence that swept West Africa after World War II, Ivory Coast leaders gave prosperity first place as a national goal and refrained from any measures that would impede its early attainment. When political sovereignty was gained, they frankly expressed continuing dependence on French aid and guidance and shaped their policies accordingly. Under the undisputed leadership of Félix Houphouët- Boigny, former deputy and cabinet minister in the French Government and one of the most respected political figures in sub-Saharan Africa, the Ivory Coast has been able to follow its chosen course with considerable immediate advantage to itself, in an atmosphere of domestic stability. The authors believe that the following study will reveal interesting contrasts between the Ivory Coast and some of its neighbors and will exemplify and help better to understand what can be described as the conservative pole in the changing community of independent Africa.

Although the French have written fairly extensively about the Ivory Coast, most of their work is of limited scope, and many aspects of the country's life have never been adequately investigated. Statistics are fragmentary and sometimes unreliable and no accurate countrywide census has ever been taken. American scholars and observers are only just beginning to write about the country. Many of the better sources deal with French West Africa as a whole, and too frequently, for the purposes of the authors' study, they are very general and lack specific local information. The authors know of no really comprehensive examination of the Ivory Coast as an entity that has ever been published. Extensive use has been made of newspapers, other periodicals, and the rather limited number of official and semiofficial Ivory Coast studies and reports that are now being published in Abidjan, Dakar and Paris. Although main reliance has been on secondary sources, a number of consultants have thrown light on particular phases of the study and have given the authors the benefit of impressions and information gleaned recently at first hand.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Foreword iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Preface to the Second Edition ix
  • Country Summary xi
  • Summary of Events: January 1963--December 1972 xv
  • Bibliography lvii
  • Preface to the First Edition lxv
  • Section I. Sociological Background 1
  • Chapter 1 General Character of the Society 1
  • Chapter 2 Historical Setting 7
  • Chapter 3 Geography and Population 29
  • Chapter 4 Ethnic Groups and Languages 55
  • Chapter 5 Family 79
  • Chapter 6 Social Structure 95
  • Chapter 7 Education and Intellectual Expression 111
  • Chapter 8 Religion 131
  • Chapter 9 Artistic Expression 145
  • Chapter 10 Health and Welfare 155
  • Chapter 11 Social Values and Patterns of Living 169
  • Bibliography 179
  • Section II. Political Background 189
  • Chapter 12 Constitution and Government 189
  • Chapter 13 Political Dynamics 213
  • Chapter 14 Foreign Policy 231
  • Chapter 15 Information and Propaganda 251
  • Chapter 16 Attitudes and Reactions of the People 265
  • Bibliography 273
  • Section III. Economic Background 283
  • Chapter 17 Character and Structure of the Economy 283
  • Chapter 18 Agriculture 289
  • Chapter 19 Industry 309
  • Chapter 20 Labor 331
  • Chapter 21 Domestic and Foreign Trade 349
  • Chapter 22 Financial System 367
  • Bibliography 387
  • Section IV. National Security 395
  • Chapter 23 Public Order and Internal Security 395
  • Chapter 24 the Armed Forces 411
  • Bibliography 427
  • Glossary 431
  • Index 437
  • Published Area Handbooks 449
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