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Studies on the History of Society and Culture #37: Speaking with Vampires: Rumor & History in Colonial Africa

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During the colonial period, Africans told each other terrifying rumors that Africans who worked for white colonists captured unwary residents and took their blood. In colonial Tanganyika, for example, Africans were said to be captured by these agents of colonialism and hung upside down, their throats cut so their blood drained into huge buckets. In Kampala, the police were said to abduct Africans and keep them in pits, where their blood was sucked. Luise White presents and interprets vampire stories from East and Central Africa as a way of understanding the world as the storytellers did. Using gossip and rumor as historical sources in their own right, she assesses the place of such evidence, oral and written, in historical reconstruction.

White conducted more than 130 interviews for this book and did research in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition to presenting powerful, vivid stories that Africans told to describe colonial power, the book presents an original epistemological inquiry into the nature of historical truth and memory, and into their relationship to the writing of history.

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White conducted more than 130 interviews in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia to compile this "stimulating and provocative . . . book on vampires (that) reverses strong mythologies" (Valentin Mudimbe, author of "The Idea of Africa") about the subject. 2 maps.

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"It took courage, determination, and a clear mind to make us see unexpected aspects of colonial history, not beneath, but through, stories of bloodsuckers and cannibals. Luise White's book convincingly demonstrates that these tales of the fantastic can be sources of history-writing, giving us access to realities that are ignored by those who uncritically accept the injunctions of scientific realism."and#151;Johannes Fabian, author of Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire

"Luise White is as usual stimulating and provocative. This book on vampires reverses strong mythologies and will make a significant difference in African studies."and#151;Valentin Mudimbe, author of The Idea of Africa

"A brilliant, eccentric, original book. It is deeply researched, intellectually engaged, and morally serious. It deserves a wide readership." and#151;Thomas Laqueur, author of Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-344) and index.

About the Author

Luise White is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida. Her previous book, The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi (1990), won the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association.

Table of Contents

Bood and words: writing history with (and about) vampire stories — Historicizing rumor and gossip — "Bandages on your mouth": the experience of colonial medicine in East and Central Africa — "Why is petrol red?": the experience of skilled and semi-skilled labor in East and Central Africa — "A special danger": gender, property, and blood in Nairobi, 1919-1939 — "Roast mutton captivity": labor, trade, and Catholic missions in colonial Northern Rhodesia — Blood, bugs, and archives: debates over sleeping-sickness control in colonial Northern Rhodesia, 1931-1939 — Citizenship and censorship: politics, newspapers, and "a stupefier of several women" in Kampala in the 1950s — Class struggle and cannibalism: storytelling and history writing on the copperbelts of colonial Northern Rhodesia and the Belgian Congo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520217041
Author:
White, Luise
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Blood
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Vampires - Africa, East
Subject:
Vampires - Africa, Central
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture
Series Volume:
105-39437
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.02 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Sub Saharan Africa
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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"Synopsis" by , White conducted more than 130 interviews in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia to compile this "stimulating and provocative . . . book on vampires (that) reverses strong mythologies" (Valentin Mudimbe, author of "The Idea of Africa") about the subject. 2 maps.
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"It took courage, determination, and a clear mind to make us see unexpected aspects of colonial history, not beneath, but through, stories of bloodsuckers and cannibals. Luise White's book convincingly demonstrates that these tales of the fantastic can be sources of history-writing, giving us access to realities that are ignored by those who uncritically accept the injunctions of scientific realism."and#151;Johannes Fabian, author of Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire

"Luise White is as usual stimulating and provocative. This book on vampires reverses strong mythologies and will make a significant difference in African studies."and#151;Valentin Mudimbe, author of The Idea of Africa

"A brilliant, eccentric, original book. It is deeply researched, intellectually engaged, and morally serious. It deserves a wide readership." and#151;Thomas Laqueur, author of Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud

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