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(see also Gambia)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators

World Guide

On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

WWW Virtual Library.

In the Library: Articles

Adams, Adrian. "The Senegal river valley: what kind of change?" in H. Johnson & H. Bernstein (eds.) Third World Lives of Struggle (London, 1982), pp. 67-90.

Fatton, Robert Jr. "Gramsci & the legitimization of the State: the case of the Senegalese passive revolution," Canadian Journal of Political Science 19,4 (12/86).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Amnesty International. Senegal: An Escalation of Human Rights Violations in the Casamance Region (NY, 1991).

__________. Senegal: Climate of Terror in Casamance (NY, 1998).

Barbier-Wiesser, François-Georg (coord.). Comprendre la Casamance: chronique d'une integration contrastée (Paris: Karthala, 1994).

Bugnicourt, Jacques. Set setal, des mures qui parlent: nouvelle culture urbaine a Dakar (Dakar: ENDA, 1991).

Conklin, Alice L. A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France & West Africa, 1895-1930 (Stanford, 1997).

Crowder, Michael. Senegal: A Study in French Assimilation Policy (London, 1962).

Darbon, Dominique. L'administration et le paysan en Casamance: essai d'anthropologie administrative (Paris: A. Pedone, 1988).

de Jonge, Klaas. Relations paysans-pecheurs, capitalisme, état: une étude d'une lutte de classe en Casamance (Sud-Senegal) (Leiden: African Studies Center, 1980).

Fatton, Robert Jr. The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal's Passive Revolution, 1975-1985 (Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 1987).

Knight, Derrick. A Burning Hunger (London: Panos/Christian Aid, 1994). Author revisits people on whom he filmed a documentary film in 1965, finds them earning & eating less than they did then, blames decline on formulaic approaches to "development."

Konate, Abdourahman. Le problème casamançais: mythe ou realité? (Dakar: A. Konate, 1993).

LD/MPT. Casamance: la crise (Dakar: Jallarbi, 1990).

Linares, Olga F. Power, Prayer & Production: The Jola of Casamance (NY: Cambridge, 1992).

Mark, Peter. A Cultural, Economic & Religious History of the Basse Casamance since 1500 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1985).

McCoy, William H. Senegal & Liberia: Case Studies in US IMET Training & Its Role in Internal Defense & Development (Santa Monica: RAND, 1994).

Neres, Philip. French-Speaking West Africa (London, 1962).

Roche, Christian. Histoire de la Casamance: conquete et resistance, 1850-1920 (Dakar: Paris, Karthala, 1985).

Scibilia, Muriel. La Casamance ouvre ses cases: tourisme au Senegal (Paris: L'Harmattan, 1986).

Senghor, Leopold Sedar. On African Socialism (NY, 1964).

In the Library: Fiction

Diallo, Nafissatou. A Dakar Childhood [1975] (Harlow: Longman, 1982). Autobiographical novel.

Sembene Ousmane. God's Bits of Wood [1960] (NY: Doubleday, 1962). Novel of 1947-48 strike on the Dakar-Niger railway line.

__________. Xala (trans. Clive Wood; Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 1976).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Photography

Saglio, Christian; Catherine Desjeux et Bernard Desjeux. Casamance (Paris: L'Harmattan, 1984).

CD & Audio:

Film & Video:

"Karmen Geï" [2001], dir. Joseph Gaï Ramaka, 86m. Prosper Merimée novel (& Bizet opera) story reset in Senegal.

"Emitai" [1971], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 103m. From Metro Pictures. Strong critique of colonialism set in Diola society, rural Senegal, during World War II.

"Faat Kiné' [2000], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 120m. Unmarried mother, 40, ignores public disapproval & climbs ladder of success.

"Guelwaar" [1992], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 115m. From New Yorker Films. Burial of Christian political activist in Muslim cemetary provokes interethnic conflict.

"Hyenas" [1992], dir. Djibril Diop Mambety. Version of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play, The Visit, set in an impoverished Senegalese town as a bitter critique of the World Bank.

"Karmen Geï" [2001], dir. Joseph Gaï Ramaka, ?m. First African movie musical, adapting Bizet's Carmen to contemporary Dakar.

"La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil [The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun]" [1999], dir. Djibril Diop Mambety. A crippled girl in Dakar who prefers the life of a newspaper vendor to begging.

"Le Franc" [1994], dir. Djibril Diop Mambety. Ne'er-do-well musician wins the lottery, without in any way improving his circumstance.

"Mandabi (The Money Order)" [1968], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 90m. Money order from a relative in France throws Senegalese family's life into turmoil.

"Niaye" [1964], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 35m.

"La Noire de... (Black Girl)" [1969], dir. Ousmane Sembene, 65m. From New Yorker Films. Domestic servant moves with employers to South of France, experiences racism.

"Touki-Bouki" [1973], dir. Djibril Diop Mambety. Story of two young people trying to get to France.


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