Wim van Binsbergen is Professor of Intercultural Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre. His research interests include religion in Africa, intercultural philosophy, African and Ancient history, Afrocentricity, ethnicity, and globalization. He has pursued these interests in Tunisia, Zambia, Guinea Bissau, and Botswana, besides historical projects on South Central Africa and the Ancient Near East.
Rijk van Dijk is an Anthropologist and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre working on the modern dynamics of religion and globalization in Africa, with a particular interest in Pentecostalism and transnationalism in Ghana, Botswana and Malawi.
All those interested in the cultural study of globalization in terms of anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, political science and international relations.
'On the whole, the book seems to have everything within the list of subjects it treats.'
Mokethi B.G. Mothlhabi, Religion & Theology, 2004.
Table of contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1 Situating globality: African agency in the appropriation of global culture 3
Wim van Binsbergen, Rijk van Dijk & Jan-Bart Gewald
PART II: GLOBALITY THROUGH APPROPRIATION: ANALYSES AT THE
2 Global and local trends in media ownership and control: Implications for cultural creativity in Africa 57
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
3 Global media and violence in Africa: The case of Somalia 90
4 Can ICT belong in Africa, or is ICT owned by the North Atlantic region? 107
Wim van Binsbergen
5 ‘Man will live well’: On the poetics of corruption in a global age 147
PART III: GLOBALITY THROUGH WORLD RELIGIONS
6 ‘Beyond the rivers of Ethiopia’: Pentecostal Pan-Africanism and Ghanaian identities in the transnational domain 163
Rijk van Dijk
7 Global connections, local ruptures: The case of Islam in Senegal 190
8 How is a girl to marry without a bed? Weddings, wealth and women’s value in an Islamic town of Niger 220
PART IV: GLOBALITY AND AFRICAN HISTORIC RELIGIONS
9 The social life of secrets 257
Ferdinand de Jong
10 The persistence of female initiation rites: Reflexivity and resilience of women in Zambia 277
List of authors 311