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Introduction Africa as a Living Laboratory

in Africa as a Living Laboratory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226803463
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226803487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.003.0001
Introduction Africa as a Living Laboratory

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Jan Hofmeyr believed that the study of Africa could affect and transform almost every domain of science. The African Survey was a project that could easily be interpreted as furthering imperial hegemony, and which regulated the research priorities in both Britain and colonial Africa. This book provides an analysis of the ways developments in specific regions influenced imperial policy making more broadly, revealing that national, imperial, and international scientific infrastructures were simultaneously established. It also explores the dynamic interaction between scientific fieldwork and research across metropolitan and colonial contexts, and the ways this interplay helped to challenge and transform theories that had been prevalent during the scramble for Africa. In addition, the book elaborates how scientific research in colonial Africa added to the construction of various ethnosciences. This chapter provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords: Africa; Jan Hofmeyr; science; African Survey; imperial policy making; ethnosciences

Chapter.  11748 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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