ERIC Number: ED212529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
From Tribe to Town: Problems of Adjustment. Through African Eyes: Cultures in Change, Unit II.
Clark, Leon E., Ed.
This book, second in a series of six dealing with African culture and intended for secondary level students, deals with the processes of industrialization and urbanization that are transforming the traditional way of life in Africa. Almost all of the selections in this volume were written by Africans, and they come from a variety of sources including autobiographies, novels, newspapers, and studies by social scientists. The basic purpose of the book is to capture some of the feelings, aspirations, and experiences of black Africans and, by so doing, help the reader develop a sense of empathy and a feeling of identity with human beings everywhere, recognizing the common humanity that all men share. Discussion questions are provided for the selections. The first selection is a short but insightful profile of a middle-aged cook, Kobla, who has made a remarkable adjustment to the modern world. The second selection tells the story of a young man who leaves the bush and goes to Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, in search of the good life. Students learn about some of the problems that African men who moved to the city face by reading excerpts from "Tell Me, Josephine," a "Dear Abbey" newspaper column in a Zambia weekly paper. Other selections explore a relationship between father and son, examine ways for Africans to satisfy the demands of the older generation while striking out on their own, and deal with the theme of a young man returning home to his village after spending time in the city. Life in the copperbelt of Zambia is described and results of a study of what Zambians listen to on the radio are presented. Discrimination in South Africa is the topic of two selections. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), African Culture, Area Studies, Black Studies, Foreign Countries, Industrialization, Life Style, Primary Sources, Reading Materials, Rural to Urban Migration, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Discrimination, Urbanization
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on International and Public Affairs, New York, NY.; Center for International Training and Education, New York, NY.
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