Sojourns in West Africa is a memoir of a young man's month-long hitchhiking trip through West Africa and a tale of lasting relationships begun far from home. Join Steven Keenan on three separate West African journeys. Catch a ride on a four-thousand-mile hitchhiking trek across West Africa at the peak of the cold war. Return in 1998 with a refugee boy who, following medical treatment in the United States, is returning to his family in Ivory Coast. Visit a post-war Liberia that westerners rarely encounter and the village Keenan served years earlier as a Peace Corps teacher. Witness the generosity of the people of a small African village. Join the crew of a freight truck crossing Nigeria. Come face-to-face with boy soldiers in Liberia. Meet people, suffering unimaginable hardship, who have not lost hope in Sojourns in West Africa.
Spaces, Networks and Interactions from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century
Author: Holger Weiss
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
This volume adds to the plurality of global histories by locating the global through its articulation and manifestation within particular localities. It accomplishes this by bringing together interlinked case-studies that analyse various temporal and spatial dimensions of the global in the local and the interactions between the local and the global. The case-studies apply a spatial approach to analyse how global questions of space, movement, networks, borders, and territory are worked out at a local level. The material draws on the Nordic countries, Europe, the Atlantic world, Africa, and Australia and ranges from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It is further divided into sections that address topics such as the translocality of humans and goods, local articulations of identities and globalities, parliamentarism and anti-colonialism, the organization of knowledge and the construction of spaces of representation and memory.
This collection of essays represents a reflective inquiry into the way in which our world is set apart from its past, its present defined and its destiny shaped by technology. The contributors tackle the subject from different perspectives within the fields of philosophy and politics.
Senegal Sojourn: Selections from One Teacher's Journal is a personal account of everyday interaction while collaborating for a year with foreign language teachers and writers of fiction in Dakar. A unique and passionate contribution to interdisciplinary conversations, the journal is the record of one teacher's encounters with African education, politics, languages, etc. Traditions and tensions, practices and yearnings, struggles and feats are described, along with literature, religion, film, music, and art which transcend timeframes.
African American Islam, Jazz, and Black Internationalism
Author: Richard Brent Turner
Publisher: NYU Press
Explores how jazz helped propel the rise of African American Islam during the era of global Black liberation Amid the social change and liberation of the civil rights and Black Power movements, the tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp recorded a tribute to Malcolm X’s emancipatory political consciousness. Shepp saw similarities between his revolutionary hero and John Coltrane, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the era. Later, the esteemed trumpeter Miles Davis echoed Shepp’s sentiment, recognizing that Coltrane’s music represented the very passion, rage, rebellion, and love that Malcolm X preached. Soundtrack to a Movement examines the link between the revolutionary Black Islam of the post-WWII generation and jazz music. It argues that from the late 1940s and ’50s though the 1970s, Islam rose in prominence among African Americans in part because of the embrace of the religion among jazz musicians. The book demonstrates that the values that Islam and jazz shared—Black affirmation, freedom, and self-determination—were key to the growth of African American Islamic communities, and that it was jazz musicians who led the way in shaping encounters with Islam as they developed a Black Atlantic “cool” that shaped both Black religion and jazz styles. Soundtrack to a Movement demonstrates how by expressing their values through the rejection of systemic racism, the construction of Black notions of masculinity and femininity, and the development of an African American religious internationalism, both jazz musicians and Black Muslims engaged with a global Black consciousness and interconnected resistance movements in the African diaspora and Africa.
Africa is a fire continent. Since the early evolution of humanity, fire has been harnessed as a land-use tool. Many ecosystems of Sub-Sahara Africa that have been shaped by fire over millennia provide a high carrying capacity for human populations.
African American Agency, West African Intellectuals and the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers
Author: Holger Weiss
Category: Social Science
In Framing a Radical African Atlantic Holger Weiss presents the first analysis of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers and the attempts by the Communist International to infiltrate in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa during the interwar period.
First published in 1979, Bike Touring introduced tens of thousands of riders to the joys of bicycle travel, and quickly became the go–to reference for an entire generation of bike–touring enthusiasts. But much has changed in the last three decades—and this fully revamped edition provides authoritative information on both the latest equipment and the ever–expanding universe of touring options for a whole new generation of riders. Readers learn how to train, equip, plan, and pack for tours of any length and difficulty, from overnight trips near home to multiweek journeys abroad. Author Raymond Bridge surveys the wide range of touring options, which now include extensive commercial offerings and roof–to–roof (or "credit card") tours, as well as independent, self–contained travel. Chapters covering bike styles—road, mountain, and world–touring models—along with bike frames and fit, drive trains, wheels, brakes, saddles and handlebars, and accessories, offer up–to–date guidance on the myriad equipment choices from the booming bike industry. And chapters on camping, transporting bikes, and roadside repairs are full of expert advice to help both novice and experienced bike travelers get maximum pleasure from any journey while saving money and staying safe.