Using a comparative framework, this edited volume evaluates pressing social issues facing African, Latin American, and Caribbean countries. Unique in its comparative and multi-regional perspective, this book provides a scholastic and practical understanding on questions ranging from governance and security to poverty, inequality, and population health.
Brenda I. Gill is professor and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Alabama State University.
George K. Danns is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Human Services at the University of North Georgia.
Part 1: Economic Issues, Environment, and Covid-19
Chapter 1: Permanent Crisis? Poverty and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa
Chapter 2: Unemployment Among Youth in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Chapter 3: Small Holder Agriculture in Environmental Conservation and Rural Poverty Alleviation in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Chapter 4: Environmental Degradation and Community Poverty: Lessons from the Niger Delta of Nigeria
Chapter 5: The Socioeconomic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Developing Countries of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Part 2: Suicide, Gender Roles, and Social Inequality
Chapter 6: Suicide in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Chapter 7: Gender Role Narratives and African, Latin American, and Caribbean People in Diaspora: Stories of Adaptation and Opportunity as Counter-Narratives to Traditional Roles
Chapter 8: Political Ideology and its Associations with Inequality: A Study of Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2019 and 2020
Part 3: Disputes and Contestations
Chapter 9: The Role of Traditional Institutions in the Mediation of Social issues in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Chapter 10: Domestic Violence in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean: Cultural and Legal Responses
Chapter 11: Neoextractivism and Social Protection in Ghana and Guyana
Chapter 12: A Comparative Analysis of Social Problems in Urban and Rural areas of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Despite their differences and complexities, this book tackles the massive undertaking of comparing social issues in Latin American, Caribbean, and African regions. The editors are commended for carefully selecting scholars and topics. The work will be a stimulant for expanded discussion and debates but certainly a catalyst for future research.
This expert collection is a welcome comparative investigation into complex issues facing three of the most oppressed and exploited regions in the world. At the juncture of challenge and change, Comparative Assessment of Social Issues in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean bolsters the re-legitimization of Indigenous Knowledge Systems as part of a fundamental answer to hegemonic globalization and points toward multipolar, multicivilizational alternatives.