Social Problems in Africa: New Visions

Social Problems in Africa: New Visions

Social Problems in Africa: New Visions

Social Problems in Africa: New Visions

Synopsis

Despite the recent growth of research on social problems facing the people of sub-Saharan Africa, there remains a critical lack of conceptual, epistemological, and empirical research and documentation. This sophisticated new book attempts to fill that gap by synthesizing, interpreting, and extending the existing literature on conditions that constitute serious impediments to socio-economic development in Africa. It provides an original and up-to-date survey of key problems ranging from poverty and inequality to violence and crime. The contributors, all of whom have lived or worked in Africa, show how social problems emerge, how they are defined, and how various actors attempt to deal with them. This timely book provides a much needed analysis of the major issues and debates regarding the dynamics of social problems in the African context.

Excerpt

This book is about social problems, one of the most popular and exciting courses offered at many universities across the world. Drawing on substantial knowledge and the firsthand experiences of a diverse team of respected scholars in the field, this book offers extensive coverage of the major social problems facing sub-Saharan Africa. It covers the characteristics, magnitude, determinants, and consequences of social problems. It examines the institutional and structural factors which generate social problems, namely, situations or conditions that various observers have described, among other things, as “inappropriate,” “perplexing,” “undesirable,” “threatening,” “intolerable,” or “deleterious.” It also investigates the nature, dynamics, effectiveness, and repercussions of strategies aimed at mitigating such problems.

THE RATIONALE FOR SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN AFRICA

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the number of documents on social problems. Surprisingly, however, there is an acute dearth of detailed, multidisciplinary, comparative, and accessible literature in this area. As of now, virtually no book systematically and comprehensively analyzes and integrates ideas and information on Africa’s social problems and related policies. The apparent paucity of the relevant literature can be partially explained in terms of the lack of adequate and accurate data. It can also be attributed to the widespread tendency among Africans to adopt foreign (especially Western) theories, models, and paradigms that are contained, for instance, in American or British texts. Indeed, most textbooks being used in African universities have

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