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Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa

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Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa uses observations of American travelers to southern Africa to ask: why is Africa so important to Americans? These travel stories show how encounters with Africans lead to a problematic desire to save Africa.Kathryn Mathers argues that this is then seenas a way to resolve the tensions between aspirations for a globall ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 08, 2016 Dana McLachlin rated it liked it
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A few interesting points but overall a bit of a disappointment, as I was really excited to read this. I especially enjoyed the critique of travel as "life changing" and the narratives of self-transformation travel literature (and study abroad pamphlets etc), as well as the conclusion on Oprah. Her observations that Americans travelling often made what they see "fit" to their previously held preconceptions and stereotypes certainly held true to what I've seen in "travel" circles. That said, while ...more
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