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Africa and the Disciplines
Author: Robert H. Bates

ISBN: 9780226039015
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 December 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
African Studies, contrary to some accounts, is not a separate
continent in the world of American higher education. Its
intellectual borders touch those of economics, literature,
history, philosophy, and art; its history is the story of the
world, both ancient and modern. This is the clear conclusion
of "Africa and the Disciplines, " a book that addresses
the question: Why should Africa be studied in the American
university?
This question was put to distinguished scholars in the social
sciences and humanities, prominent Africanists who are also
leaders in their various disciplines. Their responses make a
strong and enlightening case for the importance of research
on Africa to the academy.
Paul Collier's essay, for example, shows how studies of African economies have clarified our understanding of the small open economies, and contributed to the theory of repressed inflation and to a number of areas in
microeconomics as well. Art historian Suzanne Blier uses the terms and concepts that her discipline has applied to Afr...

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