Mistaking Africa Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind

ISBN-10: 0813343860

ISBN-13: 9780813343860

Edition: 3rd 2009

Authors: Curtis A. Keim

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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 alerts us to genocide, AIDS, malaria, or civil war in Africa, most of us know very little about the continent. However we still carry strong mental images of Africa, which are reflected in American advertising, movies, amusement parks, cartoons, and many other corners of our society. Few think to question these perceptions or how they came to be so deeply lodged in the collective American consciousness. Curtis Keim's Mistaking Africa looks at the historical evolution of this mindset and examines the role that popular media play in the creation of our mental images of Africa. Keim addresses the most prevalent myths and preconceptions and demonstrates how these prevent a true understanding of the enormously diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. Updated throughout, the second edition includes an entirely revised chapter on Africa in images, which analyzes portrayals of Africa in popular media, including print advertising by corporations such as Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, IBM, Vogue magazine, Honda, and Snapple. New to the second edition as well is an appendix on learning more about Africa. ContentsPart One: Introduction 1. Changing Our Mind about Africa 2. How We Learn Part Two: Evolutionism 3. The Origins of "Darkest Africa" 4. "Our Living Ancestors": Twentieth-Century Evolutionism 5. Real Africa, Wise Africa 6. We Should Help Them Part Three: Further Misperceptions 7. Cannibalism: No Accounting for Taste 8. Africans Live in Tribes, Don't They? 9. Safari: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams 10. Africa in Images Part Four: New Directions 11. Race and Culture: The Same and the Other 12. From Imagination to Dialogue Appendix: Learning More
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.45" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Changing Our Mind About Africa
Speaking "African"
The Use and Misuse of Stereotypes
Stereotypes over Time
A Word About Words
How We Learn
Television Culture
The Print Media
Movies
Amusement Parks
Celebrities
Other Sources
Evolutionism
The Origins of "Darkest Africa"
Africans in Antiquity
Western Views of Africans, ca. 1400-1830
Birth of the Dark Continent
A Myth for Conquest
"Our Living Ancestors": Twentieth-Century Evolutionism
Biological Evolutionism
Evolutionism
The Primitive African
Changing Paradigms
Lingering Evolutionism
Real Africa, Wise Africa
African Cultures
Art and Artifact
Touring Africa
Selling Sex
Africans in the States
An African American Example
The Noble African
We Should Help Them
Authoritarian Help
Market Help
Conversion Help
Gift-Giving Help
Participatory Help
Military Help
The Failure of Help
Rethinking Development
Helping Out
Further Misperceptions
Cannibalism: No Accounting for Taste
Africans Live in Tribes, Don't They?
A Textbook Definition
A Word with a History
The End of the Tribe
Contemporary African Uses of Tribe
Other Tribes
African Tribes in America
Alternatives to Tribe
Safari: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams
Where the Wild Things Aren't
The Good Old Days
The Decline of the Great White Hunting Safari
The Tourist Safari: Animals in Pictures
The Safari from a Distance
The Lion Is King
Hunting Africa
Africa in Images
Black, White, and Red All Over
Africa's Got Chemistry
One Challenge per Continent, Please
Our Living Ancestors
Africa Is Dyeing
Flights of Fantasy
"Totally in the Wild"
Dances with Lions
African Salesbeasts
New Directions
Race and Culture: The Same and the Other
Race
Culture
On Being Human
From Imagination to Dialogue
Evolutionism
A Kind of Equality
An African Dialogue
Learning More
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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