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Out of Our MindsReason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa$
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Johannes Fabian

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221222

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221222.001.0001

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Presence and Representation

Presence and Representation

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(p.240) Ten Presence and Representation
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Out of Our Minds
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Johannes Fabian

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221222.003.0010

Nearing the end of the journey through the minds of travelers in central Africa, this chapter comes back to choices made at the outset, and looks at one genre of writing: The travelogue addressed to a wide readership. The explorers' reports of ethnographic practices in turn allow one to take part in the epistemological critique of ethnography. The discussion aims to understand metonymic connections between exploration and ethnography. There are contiguous, albeit not necessarily continuous, links between past and present research practices and discursive habits. Both have been part of the history of economic and political relations between Africa and the nations where most work in the profession today. Colonial relations are present now in routines and conventions of research and writing. The chapter ends with comments on illustrations and the myth of exploration kept alive, above all, in visual images.

Keywords:   ethnography, exploration, ethnographic practices, Africa, political relations, colonial relations, visual images

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