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Botswana Essays Four Decades of Immersion in an African CultureThis collection of essays critically examines common perceptions the developed world has about Africa The author using his experience of living and working in Botswana and to a lesser degree in other African countries argues for anuanced portrayal of the dynamics of significant forms of African social interaction In metaphoric terms his intention is to take the charming images of Botswana presented by McCall Smith in his The No1 Ladies Detective Agency novels and add to these images abalanced structure and meaningcombining the enchanting and amusing with the troubling and confoundingThe essays are intended for two audiences One is citizens of Botswana and students of the country who are interested in reflecting on the extent to which rapid modernization since independence has transformed social relations The other audience is readers intent on obtaining a keener sense of ways a modernizing African society is different from the developed world This latter group includes students and travelers who want to consider some underlying forces they may observe with a sustained immersion in a developing country and particularly BotswanaThe discussion in each essay A good reflection of the author's experience and understanding of life in Botswana The essays are useful for readers who are interested in learning about the Tswana society and it raises many scholarly issues to pursue In addition for the locals it serves as a mirror on some of the practices whether bad or good and which are worthy to either disprove or accept as reality In the end to truly appreciate and find out why things unfold as they do in Botswana it is important for one to visit and live as part of the society I commend the author for having done just that

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Is founded largely on experiences the author has had in a wide range of contexts He seeks to weave these experiences into one orgeneralizations about the way in which Botswana society works in a particular environment In the process he raises uestions about prevailing perceptions that the developed world has of less developed countries He admits in the course of most essays to have himself once held some version of these developed world misperceptionsThe topics covered are ones which are highly contested in both public and private discussions within Botswana The specific focus of the various essays are as follows Rejection of market values at the cattle postCritical role of face time above all other means of communicationsMeaning of moneyGrave risks of drivingObsession with cleanlinessBlending of traditional religious beliefs with ChristianitySocial divisions between women and menImportance of tribal identity in interpersonal social interactionsExtent of racial conflictPrimacy of obedience to the law Authoritarian nature of Botswanas culture of democracySouth Africas broad domination of its small neighbors societyFailure of western radicalism in BotswanaD Thank you John for sharing your wisdom insights and humour Reading this book before flying out to Gaborone for a few months has really helped me to get orientated uickly I read it before leaving the UK and have referred back to it since arriving I'm finding a lot of echoes

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kindle Ó Botswana Essays ´ Four Decades of Immersion in an African Culture read ¼ dcmdirect Ò ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Botswana Essays: Four Decades of Immersion in an African Culture By John D. Holm ✸ – This collection of essays criticYnamics of Ken Goods deportationBrain drain within Botswana and with neighboring African statesFears Botswana students have of American graduate educationFailure of aid and exchange programs to recognize psychological dimensions of their endeavors in BotswanaFailure of local university lecturers to perform normal academic dutiesThe author is a PhD trained political scientist He began field research in Botswana in 1970 He returned regularly for the next thirty five years for varying periods of time the longest of which was 14 months As a researcher in these years he traveled over most of the country and met a wide range of the citizenry from top executives to hunter gatherers on the Kalahari Beginning in January of 2006 he served for four years as the first Director of International Programs at the University of Botswana In this position he was able to observe the internal dynamics of a major social institution as well as the misconceptions of visiting students and scholars In the course of his career the author has also visited many other African countries and engaged in field projects in Ghana Nigeria Lesotho and Zambia However Botswana is his second hom This is a great source of helpful information for those who will be traveling in working in or studying Botswana It provides valuable and important insights into this wonderful country and its people Professor Holm has developed many close friendships there over the years As a political scientist he is very skilled at seeing social and cultural patterns in them His observations include both scholarly assessments and warm descriptions of individual personal encounters His essays convey his insights in a respectful and thoughtful mannerI wish this book had been available when I started working in Botswana I recommend it highly for anyone wishing to learn about the subtle distinctions in tone and style that are extremely helpful in developing positive relationships in a new environment