Accessing academic texts on Africa beyond the firewall: New African Histories (Ohio University Press)

Open Access, the campaign to make scholarship free to read for everyone, not just those who have paid to get past the firewalls, continues to gain ground. It’s still difficult to access academic texts for those without access to university libraries.

Scribd is at the time of writing, offering a free month of access to new users, and includes texts from Ohio University Press’ innovative series ‘New African Histories’. Of course, there are additional benefits to accessing these texts digitally even if you do have library access to a physical copy:  being able to read a text in a group on your phones, to comment and share on that text.

Some of the books available include:

Our guest editor, Steph Newell’s book ‘The Forger’s Tale’ [Nigeria]
‘The fact that at his funeral the most powerful women in the community did not publicly judge Odeziaku [Stuart Young, a British trader] to be a scandalous or anomalous presence reveals a great deal about the reasons for his long residence in Onitsha…. Given Stuart-Young’s perpetual ‘bachelor’ status and his wide-spread reputation among Nigerians as a ‘woman-hater’ it is surprising that the group of dancing women did not perform satirical or abusive songs, as they might have done for a male lineage member who disrupted community values.’

Meredith Terretta ‘Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition, and State Building in Cameroon’
‘includes previously unknown actors – traditional chiefs, local politicians, ordinary farmers and workers, and women – in the story of Cameroonian nationalism’

Marc Epprecht ‘Heterosexual Africa?: The history of an idea form the age of exploration to the age of AIDS’
‘Not knowing Africa or African languages all that well, and under intense pressure of time and the looming health calamity, foreign researchers relied heavily on received wisdom and rational logic to fill in the many critical gaps in knowledge about the disease [HIV/AIDS] in its African manifestation. Their work in turn contributed to a new problem… the notion that a singular African sexuality exists and that it exacerbates the risk of HIV transmission’

‘Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa’
‘Human trafficking is rapidly emerging as a core human rights issue for the twenty-first century. Scholars, human rights activists, and criminologists need to be mindful of the long history of trafficking in order to better assess and confront its contemporary forms.’

Marisa J Moorman ‘Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola’
‘it is in and through popular urban music, produced overwhelmingly in Luanda’s musseques, that Angolan men and women forged the nation and developed expectations about nationalism and political, economic, and cultural sovereignty.



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