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Making Knowledge

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/9780520221222.003.0008
Making Knowledge

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What happened in the land of friendship took the discussion to the center of Africa, and to the core of this endeavor to map the field of tensions and contradictions in which we seek the beginnings of African ethnography. This chapter turns to a more systematic inquiry into the production of knowledge about Africa, with an awareness that the search for a system in the history of European exploration will be in vain. It considers the rationality of the enterprise by concentrating on what sources tell us about methods of investigation and about the meaning explorers gave to their findings. The chapter examines whether travelers report about how they made knowledge out of experiences, and what kind of knowledge they were after, and considers experience, observation, measuring, and collecting.

Keywords: African ethnography; exploratory travel; land of friendship; knowledge production; European exploration

Chapter.  12488 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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