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Mistaking Africa : Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (Paperback) (Curtis Keim & Carolyn

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This fourth edition of a text for a beginning course in African studies contains new material on North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, and new discussion of social media, celebrity aid campaigns, Ebola, and Arab Spring. The text attempts to destroy American stereotypes of Africa as a first step in teaching African studies to undergraduates. The book’s brief, standalone chapters with also be useful for diplomats, travelers, international student advisors, teachers, and others. Although there is a summary of African American perceptions of Africa, the book focuses on white American perceptions, images, myths, and stereotypes about Africa. The first part of the book examines how Americans learn about Africa through TV, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, movies, and amusement parks. Part 2 explores representations of Africa and Africans from early history to modern times, touching on evolutionism and the primitive Africa and conceptions of disease-ridden Africa, helpless Africa, and exotic Africa. This section also analyzes ideas about the types of help America should offer to Africa, such as authoritarian help and military help. Part 3 continues with discussion of representations of cannibalism and the African safari. One chapter in this section analyzes 14 b&w images of Africa from popular culture from the 20th and 21st century. The book concludes with guidelines for learning more about Africa, with descriptions of sources including academic web sites, African radio, African newspapers, BBC news shows about Africa, books, journals, and web sites offering teaching resources. The book contains b&w historical and contemporary photos, advertisements, and cartoons. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 238
Genre: Political Science, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Africa
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Curtis Keim & Carolyn Somerville
Language: English
Street Date: July 25, 2017
TCIN: 52026590
UPC: 9780813349831
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-6890
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