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Inventing Africa

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Inventing Africa is a critical account of narratives which have selectively interpreted and misinterpreted the continent's deep past.

Writers have created alluring images of lost cities, vast prehistoric migrations and golden ages of past civilisations. Debates continue on the African origins of humankind, the contributions of ancient Egypt to the world and Africa's importance to global history.

Images of 'Africa', simplifying a complex and diverse continent, have existed from ancient Mediterranean worlds, slave trading nations and colonial powers to today's political elites, ecotourists and aid-givers. Robin Derricourt draws on his background as publisher and practitioner in archaeology and history to explore the limits and the dangers of simplifications, arguing - as with Said's concept of 'Orientalism' - that ambitious ideas can delude or oppress as well as inform.

Defending Africa against some of the grand narratives that have been imposed upon its peoples, Inventing Africa will spark new debates in the history of Africa and of archaeology.



Auteur

Robin Derricourt is Honorary Associate Professor in History at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Inventing Africa (Pluto, 2011).



Contenu

Preface: The Construction of African Pasts
1. The Changing Shape and Perception of "Africa"
2. Mythic and Mystic Africa
3. Looking Both Ways
4. Egos and Fossils
5. Stirring the Gene Pool
6. Ancient Egypt and African Sources of Civilization
7. Old States Good, New States Bad
8. The Present of the Past
End notes
Index

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Inventing Africa
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781783713608
ISBN: 978-1-78371-360-8
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Pluto Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 200
Parution: 04.03.2011
Année: 2011
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 2.1 MB