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Africa as a living laboratory : empire, development, and the problem of scientific knowledge, 1870-1950

Author: Helen Tilley
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 scientific specialties and research methods.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Tilley
ISBN: 9780226803463 0226803465 9780226803470 0226803473
OCLC Number: 645707879
Description: xiv, 496 pages : illustrations, maps (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 : "native" 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.
Responsibility: Helen Tilley.

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