African Genius

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Ohio University Press, 1 sty 2005 - 384

The African Genius presents the ideas, social systems, religions, moral values, arts, and metaphysics of a range of African peoples. Basil Davidson points toward the Africa that might emerge from an ancient civilization that was overlaid and battered by colonialism, then torn apart by the upheaval of colonialism’s dismantlement. Davidson disputes the notion that Africa gained under colonialism by entering the modern world. He sees, instead, an ancient order replaced by modern dysfunction. Davidson’s depiction of the sophisticated “native genius” that has carried Africans through centuries of change is vital to an understanding of modern Africa as well.

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Useful Magic
Answers to Anxiety
Art for Lifes Sake
The Dynamics of Reality
PART FOUR MECHANISMS OF CHANGE
From Elders to Kings
The Nature of Kingship
Conquest and Clientage

A Moral Order
Age Sets
Secret Societies
PART THREE STRUCTURES OF BELIEF
A Science of Social Control
Of Witches and Sorcerers
UpsideDown People
Explanation and Prediction
The Danger Within
Trade and Islam
Power Rank and Privilege
The Crisis Opens
PART FIVE THE DELUGE AND TODAY
From a Guerrilla Diary
The Modern Context
Epilogue AFRICAN DESTINIES
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Basil Davidson is an honorary fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is the author or editor of some twenty-seven books on Africa.

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