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Drives, Emotions, and Moods

Johannes Fabian

in Out of Our Minds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221222
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221222.003.0004
Drives, Emotions, and Moods

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Explorers traveled in a demanding, often dangerous environment. Its necessities constrained their lives, and a regime of tropical hygienic imposed rules and gave directives for most of the typical situations and tasks. Tropical hygiene included maintenance of sanity and, indeed, of composure in social and political relations with Africans. Rules of hygiene applied to the explorers' sentimental and emotional inner life as well. The relevance to the argument of this study derives from the depth and subtlety they give to notions and practices of control that form the context of exploration as a rational enterprise. This chapter examines sex and erotic tension; dangers, nuisances, and accidents; moods and feelings; and humor and laughter. Humor certainly helps travelers in times of adversity.

Keywords: hygiene rules; political relations; Africa; tropical hygiene; erotic tension; humor

Chapter.  9913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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