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Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa

ISBN-10: 0230108067

ISBN-13: 9780230108066

Edition: 2010

Authors: Kathryn Mathers

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This book uses observations of American travelers to southern Africa to ask: why is Africa so important to Americans? Their travel stories show how encounters with Africans leads to a problematic desire to save Africa. Kathryn Mathers argues that this is then seen as way to resolve the tensions between aspirations for a globally responsible America and the current reality of its geopolitical role. This book draws fascinating new conclusions about the connections and disconnections on which contemporary American identity is formed.
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 1/19/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 223
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Moving Fieldwork: Traveling with Americans to and from Africa
Vexed Ties: Africa in and out of America
Back to Nature: Americans' Great African Adventure
Through the Glass: Encountering the Unexpected in Africa
Disrupting the Hyphen: Identity and Belonging in America
"How Do They Know I am American?" Travel and the Discovery of Home
Suffering Beauty: How to Save Africa without Changing It
Conclusion: Saving Africa: Love in the Time of Oprah
Notes
Bibliography
Index