Generations in Africa

Connections and Conflicts

Edited by: Erdmute Alber, Sjaak van der Geest, Susan R. Whyte

Though long neglected in anthropological research, the connections and conflicts between generations are at the heart of social processes. In this book, sixteen studies examine relations between generations of kin and between historical and political generations. The topics range from grandmother's cooking, migrant remittances, youth unemployment, teenage pregnancy, Valentine's Day, and hip hop music, to respect, religious virtue, gerontocracy, memory, wisdom, complaint, and the meaning of tradition. Together they reinvigorate and expand the old anthropological interest in generation, showing how necessary it is to understanding contemporary African societies.

432 pages

Publication Date: 4/17/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825807153