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

Helen Tilley

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226803463
eISBN:
9780226803487
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.001.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

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 ... More


A Development Laboratory: The African Research Survey, the Machinery of Knowledge, and Imperial Coordination

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226803463
eISBN:
9780226803487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.003.0003
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter reports the story of the origins and fortunes of the African Research Survey. The conception of the African Survey emerged from a series of conferences held at Oxford University to ... More


An Anthropological Laboratory: Ethnographic Research, Imperial Administration, and Magical Knowledge

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226803463
eISBN:
9780226803487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.003.0007
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter evaluates the changing attitudes of colonial officials to formal anthropological research and of anthropologists to empire and its apparatus of rule. The synergies and antagonisms of ... More


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