The book is an important contribution to our understanding of Africa. It may become one of those "must read" books for all Africanists. H-AFRICA Elizabeth Isichei's Voices of the Poor/I> is an eloquent and ambitious effort to reconstruct the popular consciousness of ordinary Africans through the myths, rumors, and memories that circulate in African societies. Voices of the Poor/ is ambitious in its aims and sweeping in its scope. It is eloquently written and copiously documented . . . Isichei's fine book points the way to further integration between anthopology and history, providing a rich example of the means by which scholars can investigate popular consciousness by taking seriously the world of symbolic meaning. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, Volume 36 Number 2 (2003)
About the Author
ELIZABETH ISICHEI is Professor of Religious Studies, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand and author of over a dozen books on African history and political thought.