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African Art and the Crisis of Poverty and Social Divisions in a Global Era

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This chapter introduces the concept of poverty and social divisions in the global century and the place of African art within this reality. The author presents his theoretical framework and defines the major terms and concepts used in the book, explaining where some of them deviate from their traditional connotations. At the end of this chapter, the history, form and status quo of Ilorin social class are discussed and the place of Dadakuada oral poets established therein.

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Na’Allah, AR. (2018). African Art and the Crisis of Poverty and Social Divisions in a Global Era. In: Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry. Palgrave Pivot, Cham.

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