Cars Out of Place

Luise White

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
Cars Out of Place

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This chapter focuses on the issues of technology and labor in colonial East and Central Africa, examining imaginary events relevant to the colonization of East and Central Africa, focusing on the vampire metaphor. It explains that these vampires were the firemen in East Africa and game rangers in Central Africa. The chapter suggests that the study of colonial vampires is authentic because it involved writing about the colonial world with the images and idioms produced by the subjects themselves. It argues that these vampires are not simply generalized metaphor extraction and oppression, but that these images were told at specific times to specific people for specific reasons.

Keywords: technology; labor; East Africa; Central Africa; imaginary events; vampire metaphor; colonial world; firemen; game rangers; oppression

Chapter.  12252 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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