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By Curtis A. Keim
For plenty of americans the point out of Africa instantly evokes photos of safaris, ferocious animals, unusually dressed tribesmen,” and impenetrable jungles. even though the occasional newspaper headline signals us to genocide, AIDS, malaria, or civil battle in Africa, so much folks recognize little or no in regards to the continent. besides the fact that we nonetheless hold powerful psychological photos of Africa, that are mirrored in American advertisements, video clips, enjoyment parks, cartoons, and plenty of different corners of our society.
Few imagine to question those perceptions or how they got here to be so deeply lodged within the collective American awareness. Curtis Keim’s Mistaking Africa appears to be like on the historic evolution of this attitude and examines the function that well known media play within the production of our psychological pictures of Africa. Keim addresses the main commonplace myths and preconceptions and demonstrates how those hinder a real realizing of the tremendously assorted peoples and cultures of Africa. up-to-date all through, the second one variation comprises a completely revised bankruptcy on Africa in photos, which analyzes portrayals of Africa in well known media, together with print advertisements via companies corresponding to Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, IBM, Vogue journal, Honda, and Snapple. New to the second one variation besides is an appendix on studying extra approximately Africa.
Part One: Introduction
1. altering Our brain approximately Africa
2. How We Learn
Part : Evolutionism
3. The Origins of Darkest Africa”
4. Our residing Ancestors”: Twentieth-Century Evolutionism
5. actual Africa, clever Africa
6. we should always aid Them
Part 3: additional Misperceptions
7. Cannibalism: No Accounting for Taste
8. Africans stay in Tribes, Don’t They?
9. Safari: past Our Wildest Dreams
10. Africa in Images
Part 4: New Directions
11. Race and tradition: a similar and the Other
12. From mind's eye to Dialogue
Appendix: studying extra
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