Landscape, Environment and Technology in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

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Toyin Falola, Emily Brownell
Routledge, 2013 - 354 pages

This volume seeks to identify and examine two categories of colonial and postcolonial knowledge production about Africa. These two broad categories are "environment" and "landscape," and both are useful and problematic to explore. Discussions about African environments often concentrate on Africans as perpetrators of their own land, causing degradation from lack of knowledge and technology. "Landscape" defines the category of knowledge produced by foreigners about Africa, where Africans remain part of the scenery and yield no agency over their surroundings. To flesh out these categories and explore their creation and how they have been deployed to shape colonial and postcolonial discourses on Africa, this volume investigates the "technological pastoral," the points of convergence and conflict between Western notions of pastoral Africa and the introduction of colonial technology, scientific ideas and commodification of land and animals.

 

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Contents

Landscapes Environments and Technology Looking Out Looking Back
1
Commodifying Nature and Constructing Landscapes
19
Struggles over Knowledge Race and Commodities in the Gabonese Primate Trade c 18501940
21
Pastoralist Practice Hunting Logics and Landscape Ideology in Colonial Southern Africa
42
Colonial Iconography and African Appropriation of a New Technology
62
Colonized Environments Domestication Medicine and Technology
85
The Case of Bamenda Province
87
The Church Missionary Society Medical Mission in the Lake Victoria Basin
120
Innovations in Grazing and Environmental Control 19161960
202
The Case of the Abaluyia of Western Kenya
228
10 Managerial Technologies Ilegal Livelihoods and the Forgotten Consumers of Africas Largest Freshwater Fishery
248
Postcolonial African Landscapes Locating Africa in the Global Environmental Crisis
271
11 Fictionalizing the Crisis of the Environment in Ben Okris The Famished Road and Songs of Enchantment
273
12 Health Transitions and Environmental Change in Contemporary Africa
291
Getting Africa Prepared to Lend a Hand
311
Conclusion Environmental Crisis and Development
328

6 The Price of Modernity? Western Railroad Technology and the 1918 Infl uenza Pandemic in Nigeria
148
Cultivation and Conservation Contested Theory and Practice in Colonial Encounters
171
7 Labor Costs and the Failed Support of Progressive Farmers in Colonial Malawi
173
Contributors
333
Index
337
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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a Distinguished Teaching Professsor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Emily Brownell is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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