Africa as a Living Laboratory Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950
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Description: 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 Laboratoryis a far-reaching study of the thorny relationship between imperialism and the role of scientific expertiseenvironmental, medical, racial, and anthropologicalin 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 Laboratorytransforms our understanding of imperial history, colonial development, and the role science played in both.
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2011
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Helen Tilley is associate professor of history at Northwestern University and is affiliated with the programs in African Studies and Science in Human Culture.
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Africa as a Living Laboratory|
|An Imperial Laboratory: Scientific Societies, Geopolitics, and Territorial Acquisitions|
|A Development Laboratory: The African Research Survey, the Machinery of Knowledge, and Imperial Coordination|
|An Environmental Laboratory: ï¿½Nativeï¿½ Agriculture, Tropical Infertility, and Ecological Models of Development|
|A Medical Laboratory: Infectious Diseases, Ecological Methods, and Modernization|
|A Racial Laboratory: Imperial Politics, Race Prejudice, and Mental Capacity|
|An Anthropological Laboratory: Ethnographic Research, Imperial Administration, and Magical Knowledge|
|A Living Laboratory: Ethnosciences, Field Sciences, and the Problem of Epistemic Pluralism|
|Appendix: African Colonial Service Employment, 1913-51|