Mistaking Africa : Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (3TH)

Mistaking Africa : Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (3TH)

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  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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For many Americans the mention of Africa immediately conjures up images of safaris, ferocious animals, strangely dressed "tribesmen," and impenetrable jungles. Although the occasional newspaper headline mentions authoritarian rule, corruption, genocide, devastating illnesses, or civil war in Africa, the collective American consciousness still carries strong mental images of Africa that are reflected in advertising, movies, amusement parks, cartoons, and many other corners of society. Few think to question these perceptions or how they came to be so deeply lodged in American minds. Mistaking Africa looks at the historical evolution of this mind-set and examines the role that popular media plays in its creation. The authors address the most prevalent myths and preconceptions and demonstrate how these prevent a true understanding of the enormously diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. Updated throughout, the fourth edition covers the entire continent (North and sub-Saharan Africa) and provides new analysis of topics such as social media and the Internet, the Ebola crisis, celebrity aid, and the Arab Spring. Mistaking Africa is an important book for African studies courses and for anyone interested in unravelling American misperceptions about the continent.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xi
Acknowledgments xiii
PART ONE INTRODUCTION
1 Changing Our Mind About Africa 3 (12)
Speaking "African" 4 (2)
The Use and Misuse of Stereotypes 6 (5)
Stereotypes over Time 11 (1)
A Word About Words 12 (3)
2 How We Learn 15 (20)
Television Culture 16 (2)
Newspapers 18 (2)
Magazines 20 (4)
Movies 24 (2)
Amusement Parks 26 (2)
Other Sources 28 (7)
PART TWO EVOLUTIONISM
3 The Origins of "Darkest Africa" 35 (16)
Africans in Antiquity 36 (2)
Western Views of Africans, ca. 1400-1830 38 (3)
Birth of the Dark Continent 41 (4)
A Myth for Conquest 45 (6)
4 "Our Living Ancestors": Twentieth-Century 51 (16)
Evolutionism
Biological Evolutionism 52 (1)
Evolutionism 53 (2)
The Primitive African 55 (3)
Changing Paradigms 58 (5)
Lingering Evolutionism 63 (4)
5 Where Is the Real Africa? 67 (16)
Troubled Africa 68 (1)
Helpless Africa 69 (2)
Unchanging Africa 71 (2)
Exotic Africa 73 (1)
Sexualized Africa 74 (2)
Wise Africa 76 (2)
Superior Africa 78 (2)
Where Is the Real Africa? 80 (3)
6 We Should Help Them 83 (24)
Authoritarian Help 84 (2)
Market Help 86 (2)
Conversion Help 88 (2)
Gift-Giving Help 90 (3)
Participatory Help 93 (2)
Military Help 95 (2)
The Failure of Help 97 (2)
Rethinking Development 99 (2)
Helping Out 101 (6)
PART THREE FURTHER MISPERCEPTIONS
7 Cannibalism: No Accounting for Taste 107 (6)
8 Africans Live in Tribes, Don't They? 113 (16)
A Textbook Definition 114 (1)
A Word with a History 115 (2)
The End of the Tribe 117 (2)
Contemporary African Uses of Tribe 119 (2)
Other Tribes 121 (1)
African Tribes in America 122 (3)
Alternatives to Tribe 125 (4)
9 Safari: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams 129 (12)
Where the Wild Things Aren't 130 (1)
The Good Old Days 131 (3)
The Decline of the Great White Hunting 134 (2)
Safari
The Tourist Safari: Animals in Pictures 136 (1)
The Safari from a Distance 137 (2)
Hunting Africa 139 (2)
10 Africa in Images 141 (26)
Photo 1 Indigenous Races of the Earth 142 (1)
Photo 2 "Affectionate Curiosity of the 143 (1)
Rosako Women"
Photo 3 Tintin in the Congo 144 (2)
Photo 4 Map of Central Africa 146 (2)
Photo 5 "Tarzan: Moon Beast/' 148 (2)
Photo 6 "Africa. A Political Jungle" 150 (2)
Photo 7 "Lose Citicorp Travelers Checks 152 (1)
in Maputo
Photo 8 "Ankle-biting Pygmies" 153 (1)
Photo 9 "If Carlos Knows He's Half Irish 154 (1)
Photo 10 "I Am African 155 (2)
Photo 11 "Experience Africa" 157 (2)
Photo 12 "We Face Challenges All over 159 (2)
the World"
Photo 13 "Jewelry With a Global Flair" 161 (1)
Photo 14 "Elegant" 162 (5)
PART FOUR NEW DIRECTIONS
11 Race and Culture: The Same and the Other 167 (10)
Race 167 (4)
Culture 171 (3)
On Being Human 174 (3)
12 From Imagination to Dialogue 177 (10)
Evolutionism 178 (3)
A Kind of Equality 181 (2)
An African Dialogue 183 (4)
Appendix: Learning More 187 (6)
Notes 193 (20)
Works Cited 213 (14)
Index 227