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Author Tilley, Helen, 1968-
Title Africa as a living laboratory : empire, development, and the problem of scientific knowledge, 1870-1950 / Helen Tilley
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011

Author Tilley, Helen, 1968-
Subject African Research Survey.
Research -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Research -- Africa -- History -- 21st century.
Imperialism and science -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Imperialism and science -- Africa -- History -- 21st century.
Africa -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Africa -- Research -- History -- 21st century.
Africa -- Colonization -- History -- 20th century.
Africa -- Colonization -- History -- 21st century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- History -- 21st century.
Biomedical Research -- history.
Colonialism -- history.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
United Kingdom.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 496 pages) : illustrations, color maps
Summary "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 methods. Africa as a Living Laboratory is a far-reaching study of the thorny relationship between imperialism and the role of scientific expertise--environmental, medical, racial, and anthropological--in the colonization of British Africa. A key source for Helen Tilley's analysis is the African Research Survey, a project undertaken in the 1930s to explore how modern science was being applied to African problems. This project both embraced and recommended an interdisciplinary approach to research on Africa that, Tilley argues, underscored the heterogeneity of African environments and the interrelations among the problems being studied. While the aim of British colonialists was unquestionably to transform and modernize Africa, their efforts, Tilley contends, were often unexpectedly subverted by scientific concerns with the local and vernacular. Meticulously researched and gracefully argued, Africa as a Living Laboratory transforms our understanding of imperial history, colonial development, and the role science played in both"
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents An imperial laboratory : scientific societies, geopolitics, and territorial acquisitions -- A development laboratory : the African Research Survey, the machinery of knowledge, and imperial coordination -- An environmental laboratory : "native" agriculture, tropical infertility, and ecological models of development -- A medical laboratory : infectious diseases, ecological methods, and modernization -- A racial laboratory : imperial politics, race prejudice, and mental capacity -- An anthropological laboratory : ethnographic research, imperial administration and magical knowledge -- A living laboratory : ethnosciences, field sciences, and the problem of epistemic pluralism
Note Description based on print version record
ISBN 9780226803487 (electronic bk.)
0226803481 (electronic bk.)
9781283097666 (electronic bk.)
1283097664 (electronic bk.)
9780226803463 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0226803465 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780226803470 (paperback ; alk. paper)
0226803473 (paperback ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40019226600
OCLC # 719383041
Additional Format Print version: Tilley, Helen, 1968- Africa as a living laboratory. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011 9780226803463 (DLC) 2010023092 (OCoLC)645707879

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