The topics have been deliberately chosen to highlight issues that are currently relevant to discourse on Africa. These topics are also commonly covered in introduction to Africa courses. They include:
- geology and geomorphology
- social institutions
- gender relations
- literature, drama, theatre and music
- regional integration
Continental Complexities is unique in that the selected readings have been written by scholars with highly specialized expertise on their chosen topics and with years of teaching experience in the area. Additionally, many of the contributors have spent extensive amounts of time in Africa or are currently teaching their respective topics in courses at African universities.
Each of the fourteen chapters in the book is followed by a set of review questions and a detailed bibliography. There are also suggestions for additional reading.
This multidisciplinary anthology offers deep insight into Africa and its people, leaving readers with a much greater understanding of the continent and its issues.