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Author Jacobs, Nancy J.
Title Birders of Africa : History of a network / Nancy J. Jacobs.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.

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Author Jacobs, Nancy J.
Series Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Yale agrarian studies.
Subject Bird watchers -- Africa -- History.
Ornithologists -- Africa -- History.
Traditional ecological knowledge -- Africa.
Description 1 online resource (360 pages)
Summary In this unique and unprecedented study of birding in Africa, historian Nancy Jacobs reconstructs the collaborations between well-known ornithologists and the largely forgotten guides, hunters, and taxidermists who assisted them. Drawing on ethnography, scientific publications, private archives, and interviews, Jacobs asks: How did white ornithologists both depend on and operate distinctively from African birders? What investment did African birders have in collaborating with ornithologists? By distilling the interactions between European science and African vernacular knowledge, this stunningly illustrated work offers a fascinating examination of the colonial and postcolonial politics of expertise about nature.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-314) and index.
Contents Part I. Vernacular birding and ornithology in Africa. African vernacular birding traditions ; Early birding contact, 1500-1700 ; Ornithology comes to Southern Africa, 1700-1900 ; Authority in vernacular traditions and ornithology -- Part II. Lives of birders. The boundaries of birding ; The honor of collecting ; The respectability of museum work ; Birding revolutions.
ISBN 9780300220803 (electronic bk.)
0300220804 (electronic bk.)
9780300209617
0300209614
ISBN/ISSN 40025899282
OCLC # 945663073
Additional Format Print version: Jacobs, Nancy J. Birders of Africa. History of a network. New Haven : Yale University Press 2016 9780300209617 (OCoLC)930798087



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