♥ Book Title : Africa as a Living Laboratory
☯ Full Synopsis : "Tropical Africa was one of the last regions of the world to experience formal European colonialism, a process that coincided with the advent of a range of new scientific specialties and research methods. Africa as a Living Laboratory is a far-reaching study of the thorny relationship between imperialism and the role of scientific expertise—environmental, medical, racial, and anthropological—in the colonization of British Africa. A key source for Helen Tilley’s analysis is the African Research Survey, a project undertaken in the 1930s to explore how modern science was being applied to African problems. This project both embraced and recommended an interdisciplinary approach to research on Africa that, Tilley argues, underscored the heterogeneity of African environments and the interrelations among the problems being studied. While the aim of British colonialists was unquestionably to transform and modernize Africa, their efforts, Tilley contends, were often unexpectedly subverted by scientific concerns with the local and vernacular. Meticulously researched and gracefully argued, Africa as a Living Laboratory transforms our understanding of imperial history, colonial development, and the role science played in both."Article| Helen Tilley| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Modernizing Nature
☯ Full Synopsis : "Professor Rajan explores the origins, institutionalisation and politics of the sciences and systems of knowledge underlying colonial framework of environmental management. He disagress with historigraphical and social scientific approaches arguing that it had cognitive, ideological and interventionalist traditions."Article| S. Ravi Rajan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History
☯ Full Synopsis : "The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations."Article| Andrew C. Isenberg| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Growing Information: Part I
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♥ Book Title : The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History represents an invaluable tool for historians and others in the field of African studies. This collection of essays, produced by some of the finest scholars currently working in the field, provides the latest insights into, and interpretations of, the history of Africa - a continent with a rich and complex past. An understanding of this past is essential to gain perspective on Africa's current challenges, and this accessible and comprehensive volume will allow readers to explore various aspects - political, economic, social, and cultural - of the continent's history over the last two hundred years. Since African history first emerged as a serious academic endeavour in the 1950s and 1960s, it has undergone numerous shifts in terms of emphasis and approach, changes brought about by political and economic exigencies and by ideological debates. This multi-faceted Handbook is essential reading for anyone with an interest in those debates, and in Africa and its peoples. While the focus is determinedly historical, anthropology, geography, literary criticism, political science and sociology are all employed in this ground-breaking study of Africa's past."Article| John Parker, Richard Reid| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Scrambling for Africa
☯ Full Synopsis : "Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were once dismissed by Western experts as being too poor and chaotic to benefit from the antiretroviral drugs that transformed the AIDS epidemic in the United States and Europe. Today, however, the region is courted by some of the most prestigious research universities in the world as they search for “resource-poor” hospitals in which to base their international HIV research and global health programs. In Scrambling for Africa, Johanna Tayloe Crane reveals how, in the space of merely a decade, Africa went from being a continent largely excluded from advancements in HIV medicine to an area of central concern and knowledge production within the increasingly popular field of global health science. Drawing on research conducted in the U.S. and Uganda during the mid-2000s, Crane provides a fascinating ethnographic account of the transnational flow of knowledge, politics, and research money—as well as blood samples, viruses, and drugs. She takes readers to underfunded Ugandan HIV clinics as well as to laboratories and conference rooms in wealthy American cities like San Francisco and Seattle where American and Ugandan experts struggle to forge shared knowledge about the AIDS epidemic. The resulting uncomfortable mix of preventable suffering, humanitarian sentiment, and scientific ambition shows how global health research partnerships may paradoxically benefit from the very inequalities they aspire to redress. A work of outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship, Scrambling for Africa will be of interest to audiences in anthropology, science and technology studies, African studies, and the medical humanities."Article| Johanna Tayloe Crane| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In Defense of Anthropology
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book argues that the history and character of modern anthropology has been egregiously distorted to the detriment of this intellectual pursuit and academic discipline. The "critique of anthropology" is a product of the momentous and tormented events of the 1960s when students and some of their elders cried, "Trust no one over thirty!" The Marxist, postmodern, and postcolonial waves that followed took aim at anthropology and the result has been a serious loss of confidence; both the reputation and the practice of anthropology has suffered greatly. The time has come to move past this damaging discourse. Herbert S. Lewis chronicles these developments, and subjects the "critique" to a long overdue interrogation based on wide-ranging knowledge of the field and its history, as well as the application of common sense. The book questions discourses about anthropology and colonialism, anthropologists and history, the problem of "exoticizing ‘the Other,’" anthropologists and the Cold War, and more. Written by a master of the profession, In Defense of Anthropology will require consideration by all anthropologists, historians, sociologists of science, and cultural theorists."Article| Herbert S. Lewis| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ordering Africa
☯ Full Synopsis : "A major collection of essays that will be welcomed by scholars interested in imperial history and the history of Africa."Article| Helen Tilley, Robert J. Gordon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : South African Digest
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♥ Book Title : Rhodesiana
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♥ Book Title : South African Historical Journal
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♥ Book Title : Africa
☯ Full Synopsis : "First published in 1993, this is a new revised and substantially expanded edition of a highly acclaimed reference resource that evaluates the leading sources of information (other than bibliographies) on Africa South of the Sahara."Article| John McIlwaine| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : South Africa's environmental history
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is a pioneering study of the impact of humans on the environment in the history of South Africa and the role that the environment has played in shaping the history of human development in the country. It consists of two parts. The first is a series of local and particular studies, such as the invasion of prickly pear in the Eastern Cape; the impact of windmills and barbed wire on farming practice and the environment in the Karoo; and ecological change in the Lake St Lucia region. The second is a series of regional and continental comparisons that bring out both the similarities and differences in the environmental histories of South Africa, on the one hand, and South America, South Asia, Australia and the rest of Africa, on the other. Book jacket."Article| Stephen Dovers| Statement ..."