African Culture Research Paper by hicaliber

African Culture
This paper explores the question, as discussed by several authorities, as to why the culture of Africa is not valued.
# 94858 | 3,205 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on May 10, 2007 in Anthropology (African) , Anthropology (Cultural) , History (African)

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This paper explains that Africans, in particular, have been isolated from the global intellectual and scholarly community and therefore are believed not to have a culture of value to the world. The author points out one viewpoint that white domination and prejudice have effectively blocked African writers and poets from expressing their rebuttals to the Western scholarship, which holds a negative opinion of African affairs. The paper states that the problem of representing Africa in literature and history relates to the field of anthropology, where the concept of the "colonial behavior pattern", held by many anthropologists, has not been helpful in telling the real story of Africa. The paper includes many embedded quotations.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fourny, Jean-Francois, & Ha, Marie-Paule. "Introduction: The history of an idea." Research inAfrican Literatures 28.4 (1997): 1-8.
  • Frazier, Herb. "Basket making is historical link: Craft provide link between cultures." NABJ Journal 13.5 (1995): 4-7.
  • Gikandi, Simon. "Chinua Achebe and the Invention of African Culture." Research in African Literatures 32.3 (2001): 3-10.
  • Kitson, Thomas J. "Tempering Race and Nation: Recent Debates in Diaspora Identity." Research In African Literatures 30.2 (1999): 88-95.
  • Schipper, Mineke. "Knowledge is like an ocean: insiders, outsiders, and the academy." Research In African Literatures 28.4 (1997): 121-142.

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