Imagining Serengeti

Imagining Serengeti

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Many students come to African history with a host of stereotypes that are not always easy to dislodge. One of the most common is that of Africa as safari groundsa€”as the land of expansive, unpopulated game reserves untouched by civilization and preserved in their original pristine state by the tireless efforts of contemporary conservationists. With prose that is elegant in its simplicity and analysis that is forceful and compelling, Jan Bender Shetler brings the landscape memory of the Serengeti to life. She demonstrates how the social identities of western Serengeti peoples are embedded in specific spaces and in their collective memories of those spaces. Using a new methodology to analyze precolonial oral traditions, Shetler identifies core spatial images and reevaluates them in their historical context through the use of archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic, ecological, and archival evidence. Imagining Serengeti is a lively environmental history that will ensure that we never look at images of the African landscape in quite the same way.... the a€œloss of entitlementa€ theory ofAmartya Kumer Sen, Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981). For early applications of this theory in Africa, see Giblin, Politics ofEnvironmental Control; Watts, Silent Violence; Megan Vaughan, ... Notes to Pages 68a€“70 267 You are reading copyrighted material published by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press.


Title:Imagining Serengeti
Author: Jan Bender Shetler
Publisher:Ohio University Press - 2007-06-15
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