Modernization as Spectacle in Africa.pdf

Modernization as Spectacle in Africa.pdf


"How do people come to an awareness of being 'behind'? What is the value of huge industrial development projects? These essays show that local announcements of the modern, modernization, and modernity have had monumental consequences for Africa since independence." - Donald Donham, University of California, Davis

Peter J. Bloom is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is editor (with Ch. Didier Gondola and Charles Tshimanga) of Frenchness in the African Diaspora (IUP, 2009).Takyiwaa Manuh is Emeritus Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is editor (with Catherine M. Cole and Stephan F. Miescher) of Africa after Gender? (IUP, 2006).Stephan F. Miescher is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of Making Men in Ghana (IUP, 2005).

Introduction: Modernization as Spectacle in Africa Stephan F. Miescher, Peter J. Bloom, and Takyiwaa ManuhPart I. Modernization and the Origins of the Package 1. After Modernization: Globalization and the African Dilemma Percy C. Hintzen 2. Modernization Theory and the Figure of Blindness: Filial Reflections Andrew ApterPart II. Media, Modernity, and Modernization 3. Film as Instrument of Modernization and Social Change in Africa: The Long View Rosaleen Smyth 4. Mass Education, Cooperation, and the "African Mind" Aaron Windel 5. Is Propaganda Modernity? Press and Radio for "Africans" in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi during World War II and its Aftermath Mhoze Chikowero 6. Elocution, Englishness, and Empire: Film and Radio in Late Colonial Ghana Peter J. BloomPart III. Infrastructure and Effects 7. Negotiating Modernization: The Kariba Dam Project in the Central African Federation, c. 1954-1960 Julia Tischler 8. "No One Should Be Worse Off": The Akosombo Dam, Modernization, and the Experience of Resettlement in Ghana Stephan F. Miescher 9. Radioactive Excess: Modernization as Spectacle and Betrayal in Postcolonial Gabon Gabrielle HechtPart IV. Institutional Training in Nkrumah's Ghana 10. Modeling Modernity: The Brief Story of Kwame Nkrumah, a Nazi Pilot Named Hanna, and the Wonders of Motorless Flight Jean Allman 11. The African Personality Dances Highlife: Popular Music, Urban Youth, and Cultural Modernization in Nkrumah's Ghana, 1957-1965 Nate Plageman 12. Building Institutions for the New Africa: The Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana Takyiwaa ManuhPart V. Modernization and the Literary Imagination 13. Theatre and the Politics of Display: The Tragedy of King Christophe at Senegal's First World Festival of Negro Arts Christina S. McMahon 14. Re-Engaging Narratives of Modernization in Contemporary African Literature Nana Wilson-Tagoe 15. Between Nationalism and Pan-Africanism: Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Theater and the Art and Politics of Modernizing African Culture Aida MbowaContributors Index

For postcolonial Africa, modernization was seen as a necessary outcome of the struggle for independence and as crucial to the success of its newly established states. Since then, the rhetoric of modernization has pervaded policy, culture, and development, lending a kind of political theatricality to nationalist framings of modernization and Africans' perceptions of their place in the global economy. These 15 essays address governance, production, and social life; the role of media; and the discourse surrounding large-scale development projects, revealing modernization's deep effects on the expressive culture of Africa.


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