Social Problems in Africa: New Visions


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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Apollo Rwomire
  • David Macdonald
  • Euphrase Kezilahabi
  • Anthonia Adindu
  • Norma Romm
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2001