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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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Cars Out of Place

Cars Out of Place

Vampires, Technology, and Labor in East and Central Africa

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Tensions of Empire

Luise White

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the issues of technology and labor in colonial East and Central Africa, examining imaginary events relevant to the colonization of East and Central Africa, focusing on the vampire metaphor. It explains that these vampires were the firemen in East Africa and game rangers in Central Africa. The chapter suggests that the study of colonial vampires is authentic because it involved writing about the colonial world with the images and idioms produced by the subjects themselves. It argues that these vampires are not simply generalized metaphor extraction and oppression, but that these images were told at specific times to specific people for specific reasons.

Keywords:   technology, labor, East Africa, Central Africa, imaginary events, vampire metaphor, colonial world, firemen, game rangers, oppression

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