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Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa By Johannes Fabian,

  • Title: Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa
  • Author: Johannes Fabian
  • ISBN: 9780520221239
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Explorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge, fame, or financial gain This book, the culmination of many years of research on nineteenth century exploration in Central Africa, provides a new view of those early European explorers and theirExplorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge, fame, or financial gain This book, the culmination of many years of research on nineteenth century exploration in Central Africa, provides a new view of those early European explorers and their encounters with Africans Out of Our Minds shows explorers were far from rational often meeting their hosts in extraordinary states influenced by opiates, alcohol, sex, fever, fatigue, and violence Johannes Fabian presents fascinating and little known source material, and points to its implications for our understanding of the beginnings of modern colonization At the same time, he makes an important contribution to current debates about the intellectual origins and nature of anthropological inquiry Drawing on travel accounts most of them Belgian and German published between 1878 and the start of World War I, Fabian describes encounters between European travelers and the Africans they met He argues that the loss of control experienced by these early travelers actually served to enhance cross cultural understanding, allowing the foreigners to make sense of strange facts and customs Fabian s provocative findings contribute to a critique of narrowly scientific or rationalistic visions of ethnography, illuminating the relationship between travel and intercultural understanding, as well as between imperialism and ethnographic knowledge.
    Out of Our Minds Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa Explorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge fame or financial g

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    1. This work easily tops the list of the best non fiction I ve read in quite some while Certainly different in form and style only, for the themes are consistent from his highly abstruse work Time and the Other Fabian invites us to the epistemological exercise of traveling through the minds of travelers these travelers being a collection of men from German and Belgium expeditions in Central Africa during the late 19th and early 20th century, a pivotal time in the history of contact Our target , he [...]

    2. Fabian challenges two particular conceptions of exploration and ethnography in central Africa in the late 19th and early 20th century the explorer as a rational agent of science, and the explorer as a complicit agent of the empire, who may therefore be dismissed out of hand In spite of because of the madness often demonstrated by the cited ethnographers, accounts often contained shockingly self aware critiques of contemporary ethnographic theory and practice, many of which remain quite relevant [...]

    3. officiele recensie Introductie Deze recensie is geschreven met het oog op de instrumentele waarde die Fabian in Out of our minds neerschrijft We bevatten deze tekst als een kritische blik op verleden kennisverwerving en geschiedschrijving Daarom kunnen de idee n die hier worden aangehaald voldoende worden ge nterpreteerd om tot een eigen kritische vorm van denken over het menselijk handelen komen Waar Fabian zich uitlaat over het verleden, ontdekkingsreizigers in Centraal Afrika aan het eind van [...]

    4. This monograph constitutes a considerable challenge to the romantic myth of the European colonial explorer as an intrepid hero, guided by reason, charting new lands for king and country The truth is, German and Belgian explorers of central Africa, who form the case study in Fabian s text, often went out of their minds in ecstasy as they were immersed in a nexus of experiences on the ground in the mission field Instead of remaining immutably European in character and deportment in the mythical se [...]

    5. I read this book rather quickly sneaking it in against my ban on reading and writing this summer , in order to determine if I would read it again I plan to read it again with great care There is something both fantastic and essential that Fabian has put his finger on I refer you to the detailed and excellent review by Sara Maria book show 85

    6. A friend of mine gave me this book after I returned from a year in Malawi, exhausted, depressed, and extremely self critical for not having accomplished all or really hardly any of what I d set out to do it helped put my own experience into perspective.

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