Ideal for high school and undergraduate students, this addition to the Culture and Customs of Africa series examines the contemporary cultures and traditions of modern Gambia, from religious customs to literature to cuisine and much more.
Despite being the smallest country within the African continent, the Republic of the Gambia is home to more than 1.7 million people and is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Defined by borders that reflect the route of its namesake, the Gambia River, Gambia is a fascinating and ethnically diverse nation.
This title in the Culture and Customs of Africa series examines the traditions and customs of contemporary Gambia, a geographically tiny nation in the vast landscape of Africa that is home to a large number of various ethnic groups, each with its own distinctive way of life. It is a country that has been largely unknown in Western culture, with the exception of Alex Haley's book Roots and subsequent TV series, which highlights Gambia's historic significance in the slave trade.
This book illuminates Gambian religion and worldview; literature and media; arts and architecture/housing; gender roles, marriage, and family; social customs, traditional dress, cuisine, and lifestyle; and music and dance. The author has successfully encapsulated both long-ago history and contemporary Gambia to provide students with a complete look at life in Gambia today. Information on past traditions and historic events is discussed in the context of how they pertain to life today and their influence on the constant evolution of Gambian life and culture.
Features • A map of Gambia • Photographs depicting places in Gambia and people engaging in traditional activities and customs • A bibliography of sources and additional reading
Highlights • Supplies valuable insights on contemporary culture in Gambia, specifically geared toward high school and undergraduate students • Provides comprehensive coverage on Gambia's traditional roots and how they have evolved into today's culture • Discusses Gambia's role in the 21st century world as its people respond to traditions of the past as well as modern trends like globalization
Abdoulaye Saine is professor in the Department of Political Science at Miami University, Oxford, OH.