Listening for Africa

Whereas the habitus of listening in general terms, as Judith Becker has proposed, is quite “tacit, unexamined, seemingly completely 'natural,' ” the habitus of listening to music as black and of African origins often involved a ...


Author: David F. García

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822373117

Category: Music

Page: 376

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In Listening for Africa David F. Garcia explores how a diverse group of musicians, dancers, academics, and activists engaged with the idea of black music and dance’s African origins between the 1930s and 1950s. Garcia examines the work of figures ranging from Melville J. Herskovits, Katherine Dunham, and Asadata Dafora to Duke Ellington, Dámaso Pérez Prado, and others who believed that linking black music and dance with Africa and nature would help realize modernity’s promises of freedom in the face of fascism and racism in Europe and the Americas, colonialism in Africa, and the nuclear threat at the start of the Cold War. In analyzing their work, Garcia traces how such attempts to link black music and dance to Africa unintentionally reinforced the binary relationships between the West and Africa, white and black, the modern and the primitive, science and magic, and rural and urban. It was, Garcia demonstrates, modernity’s determinations of unraced, heteronormative, and productive bodies, and of scientific truth that helped defer the realization of individual and political freedom in the world.

Welcoming Africa s children Theological and ministry perspectives

Swart, I. & Yates, H., 2006, 'The rights of children: A new agenda for practical theology in South Africa', Religion & Theology 13(3,4), 314−340. Swart, I. & Yates, H., 2012, 'Listening to Africa's children in the process of practical ...


Author: Jan Grobbelaar

Publisher: AOSIS

ISBN: 9781928396079

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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The purpose of this book is to combine perspectives of scholars from Africa on Child Theology from a variety of theological sub-disciplines to provide some theological and ministerial perspectives on this topic. The book disseminates original research and new developments in this study field, especially as relevant to the African context. In the process it addresses also the global need to hear voices from Africa in this academic field. It aims to convey the importance of considering Africa’s children in theologising. The different chapters represent diverse methodologies, but the central and common focus is to approach the subject from the viewpoint of Africa’s children. The individual authors’ varied theological sub-disciplinary dispositions contribute to the unique and distinct character of the book. Almost all chapters are theoretical orientated with less empirical but more qualitative research, although some of the chapters refer to empirical research that the authors have performed in the past. Most of the academic literature in the field of Child Theologies is from American or British-European origin. The African context is fairly absent in this discourse, although it is the youngest continent and presents unique and relevant challenges. This book was written by theological scholars from Africa, focussing on Africa’s children. It addresses not only theoretical challenges in this field but also provides theological perspectives for ministry with children and for important social change. Written from a variety of theological sub-disciplines, the book is aimed at scholars across theological sub-disciplines, especially those theological scholars interested in the intersections between theology, childhood studies and African cultural or social themes. It addresses themes and provides insights that are also relevant for specialist leaders and professionals in this field. No part of the book was plagiarised from another publication or published elsewhere.

Democratic South Africa s Foreign Policy

Ghana and the Congo voted in favour of this draft but South Africa chose to abstain (S/RES/1757 2007, p. ... for dedicating its presidencies on the Council to Africa, and 'for listening to African peoples and African leaders' (Konaré ...


Author: Suzanne Graham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137593818

Category: Political Science

Page: 310

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This book provides readers with the first comprehensive study of South Africa’s foreign policy conducted in a multilateral setting, by placing on record over 1000 of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations over a 20 year period. The study investigates consistency in terms of South Africa’s declared foreign policy and its actual voting practices at the United Nations. Democratic South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Voting Behaviour in the United Nations offers a compendium of South Africa’s United Nations behaviour during a poignant transitional period in the country’s recent history. In setting out a framework for analysing the conduct of other countries’ voting behaviour in parallel with this study, it can be used to advance the field as a useful comparative tool. This book presents the material needed for International Relations scholars and practitioners in the field to make a reasoned and reflective assessment of this dimension of South Africa’s foreign policy.

Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora

IMPLICATIONS FOR MISSIONAL THEOLOGY Listening to stories, as I did in the research phase and as participants did in their meetings, is critical for entering another's experience. People display their beliefs, feelings, and values as ...


Author: Casely B. Essamuah

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630873073

Category: Religion

Page: 404

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Communities of Faith is a collection of essays on the multicultural Christian spirit and practices of churches around the world, with particular attention to Africa and the African diaspora. The essays span history, theology, anthropology, ecumenism, and missiology. Readers will be treated to fresh perspectives on African Pentecostal higher education, Pentecostalism and witchcraft in East Africa, Methodist camp meetings in Ghana, Ghanaian diaspora missions in Europe and North America, gender roles in South African Christian communities, HIV/AIDS ministries in Uganda, Japanese funerary rites, enculturation and contextualization principles of mission, and many other aspects of the Christian world mission. With essays from well-known scholars as well as young and emerging men and women in academia, Communities of Faith illuminates current realities of world Christianity and contributes to the scholarship of today's worldwide Christian witness.

My Life in the New South Africa

Letter 122 - I can listen to the radio while doing my tasks like writing assignments , hence I do not spare time for listening to music on the radio . I prefer listening to African music and African gospel music .


Author: Ted Leggett

Publisher: Human Sciences Research

ISBN: STANFORD:36105073304029

Category: Letter writing

Page: 330

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My Life in the New South Africa is written by the youth themselves, and gives a unique insight into the thoughts and concerns of South Africans under the age of 30. In 1996 the Quality of Life Monitoring Unit at the University of Natal held a letter-writing contest, and this book is a digest of the responses they received. Young people from across the nation wrote in-shack dwellers and suburban scholars, boarding school pupils and prison inmates. The diversity and distinctiveness of the rainbow nation's youth are represented here. This is their message to their fellow South Africans.

Focus on Africa

Changes in the Air The African Service is expanding its coverage to meet the needs of listeners , writes Joseph Warungu S LANCE BELLERS aturday evening is my most peaceful time of the week . After listening to the 1700GMT Focus on ...




ISBN: STANFORD:36105123035045

Category: Africa


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Study and Investigation of the Federal Communications Commission

Did you ever authorize , or vote to authorize , as a ComI missioner , the establishment of a listening post in north Africa ? Mr. Craven . Not a listening post . My understanding was we had four men there to secure information ...


Author: United States Federal Communications Commission, Select Committee to Investigate the


ISBN: STANFORD:36105009891214



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Theological Education in Contemporary Africa

One can prove anything out of the Bible, but the Bible does not approve of many things.10 The only way of avoiding the temptation to manipulation is obedient listening: “Speak, LORD, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3: 10).


Author: Grant LeMarquand

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789966974266

Category: Religion

Page: 257

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Part One addresses 'Theological Foundations.' The five essays in this section deal with the Bible, Theology and Ecumenism. The subjects of theological methods, contextual hermeneutics, and appropriate curriculum are given special attention. Of course even foundational issues cannot be discussed in a vacuum and so each of the essays addresses these foundational subjects in the light of African realities. Part Two deals with 'Contemporary Issues.' It is particularly in this section that the traditional themes in African theology have been somewhat displaced by concerns which are today very pressing indeed. Three essays are devoted to the question of HIV/AIDS. This disease, which has devastated the African continent, demands a theological and practical response from those who claim to follow Jesus Christ. If the churches do not respond to this crisis with energy and determination we should not be surprised if the next generation wonders whether the Gospel has the power which we claim that it has. Two essays address the question of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations in Africa. The resurgence of Islam in the world today is a concern of many. For those who believe in Jesus, this is a challenge which demands much wisdom and love. How should we respond to our Muslim neighbours? What are appropriate and thoughtful ways to share the love of Christ? Two further essays appear under the title of 'The Marginalized.' This could, of course, be a much large section. Those who suffer from AIDS could be included in this number, and one might have expected to see at least one essay on the place of women. In this volume, however, the 'disabled' and youth are highlighted. Both groups are clearly in need of the attention of the churches, and both groups are clearly misunderstood and neglected. The final section of Part Two contains essays, which focus attention on 'Theological Paedagogy.' All of the other contributions to this volume make suggestions and arguments about curriculum, resources, and issues of concern for theological educators. The causal aim of this book is that these essays may help us to reflect in an intentional way on the implications of contemporary realities for the future of theological education.

Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection African Thought Critical Theory and Liberation Theology in Dialogue

In this context, listening could have probably averted the massacre. Listening is also related to the ability to address legacy issues related to colonialism and apartheid. Currently, one of the most important South African issues ...


Author: Justin Sands

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783038971511


Page: 178

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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection: African Thought, Critical Theory, and Liberation Theology in Dialogue" that was published in Religions

Unmasking the African Ghost

how the name “Africa” came to be used as a designation for the more than fifty countries that make up the continent ... Elochukwu E. Uzukwu, A Listening Church: Autonomy and Communion in African Churches (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996), 1.


Author: Cyril Orji

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781506479446

Category: Religion

Page: 259

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The story of Africa is a ghost story with two plots. One is foreign or imported and the other indigenous or local. The foreign plot has its origin in colonial history. The indigenous plot is African in origin. But both plots end in the same place: African trauma and culture complex. These narratives create in modern Africa a splintered consciousness and the political and economic conditions that lead to physical and psychological violence. Unmasking the African Ghost is both a theological exploration of the reasons the political and economic systems in African countries have failed and a proposal for the paths toward recovery, anchored in the belief that Africa is a continent continuously trying to redefine its identity in the face of Eurocentrism. For the church in Africa to be a church at the service of its people, theology in Africa must take misery and oppression as the context for its reflections and its reconstruction of the social order. An African solution to African problems must be able to meet the needs of the time. It must look to the African past to draw from its riches--particularly the African sociopolitical ethic of ubuntu. It must also look ahead and draw from the best available sociopolitical system of modern states: liberal democracy. A hybrid of these two yields ubuntucracy. Ubuntucracy removes the ghosts of both Africa and its Western colonizers and begins a new story that can help Africa survive its double bind.