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Unformatted text preview: Notes Ali Mazrui Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, USA Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria Ibn Khaldun Professor-at-Large, School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Leesburg, Virginia, USA the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. A Garden of Eden in Decay a co-production of WETA-TV and BBC-TV 1986 • When you see a man driving in a straight line along the Kampala Road …. • A dessert and beverage economy • Coca-Colanization • Petrotiasis Ali Mazuri- Kenyan, leader in Af. Studies in America Negative ab development in Africa 25 yrs. After Ind. Petrotiasis- too much petroleum in sm. economy Modernity amongst deprivation Reasons for poor development, slow: 1) Mostly tropical climate, 2) foreign invasion 3) failure to correct after Ind. Nature: abundance- mother of inertia, why innovate when have what you need to eat, live No need for organization, technology No need for clothes b/c warm No need to plan –long growin season Now dependency on imports over nature Ivory Coast attached to France Desert & Beverage economies b/c of colonialism European sweet tooth, produced @ expense of fundamental need for domestic food Must be drunk to drive straight line Kampala: best road in country is in dire repair Broken down cars, bad communications Schools in Ghana: no basic materials, slow death of civilization Western culture in Africa No jobs, so why learn? No tools to learn even Health service absent, rely on military Double Sickness- things falling apart & failing economies dependent on outsiders Tanzania- some pts avoid outside influence Canadians cultivated pasture where men lived Now sharp contrast dual economy – mechanized vs. bare subsistence Casualties of progress: pastoralists too backward lookin Canadians technology not fittin, consumption exported, used to diff soils Hurts economy Alien food habits increase dependency on other Automation of bread=less jobs Nyerere- tried to decrease dependency w/ som(economic exp), failed Tanzania-highest rate of education W. Africa- Nigeria Profits haven’t made prices ok, farming is too expensive Drought, city Lagos -plague farming Western values from TV, lots of selling goods Whites preach the dignity of labor, but don’t do their own, have servants, therefore bosses of blacks act this way Islam- alcoholism=threat to work Zanzabar- Ramadan is plan gone wrong b/c hurts productivity but not consumption Slovakian port died b/c modernity Workers always leavin home b/c economies cant support Mozambique- miners, Af nomads Som w/o givin capitalism a chance, so damned to cheap labor Human cash crop for export? Human labor People as commodities to work for wealthy ppl/ countries Nigeria- oil-resource but gov spent soo much Petrotasis- pollution, influx of oil in sm. economyPetrotasis- pollution, influx of oil in sm....
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