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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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Drives, Emotions, and Moods

Drives, Emotions, and Moods

(p.78) Four Drives, Emotions, and Moods
Out of Our Minds

Johannes Fabian

University of California Press

Explorers traveled in a demanding, often dangerous environment. Its necessities constrained their lives, and a regime of tropical hygienic imposed rules and gave directives for most of the typical situations and tasks. Tropical hygiene included maintenance of sanity and, indeed, of composure in social and political relations with Africans. Rules of hygiene applied to the explorers' sentimental and emotional inner life as well. The relevance to the argument of this study derives from the depth and subtlety they give to notions and practices of control that form the context of exploration as a rational enterprise. This chapter examines sex and erotic tension; dangers, nuisances, and accidents; moods and feelings; and humor and laughter. Humor certainly helps travelers in times of adversity.

Keywords:   hygiene rules, political relations, Africa, tropical hygiene, erotic tension, humor

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