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Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950

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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 new scientific specialties and research methods. Africa as a Living Laboratory is a far-reaching study of the thorny relationship between imperialism and the role of scientific expertise—environmental, medical, racial, a

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Paperback, 520 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press
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The most important book to date on the relationship between knowledge production (science, writ large -- e.g. "Wissen") and the colonial project. Specifically focused on the the transformative role of the African Research Survey that was run in the 1930s out of Britain, and how it both supported and ultimately subverted the imperial project in Africa. Indeed, while many scientists did support (and receive support from) the imperial project, these same scientists often emerged as some of the fier ...more
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