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Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Show Business Bernth Lindfors

Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Show Business

Bernth Lindfors

Published April 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780253212450
Paperback
320 pages
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...engaging, richly illustrated, and well-reserached.... Part anthology, cultural studies, history, journalism and political science, it... manages to consistently engage the reader... - African Studies ReviewLindforss book shows how theMore...engaging, richly illustrated, and well-reserached.... Part anthology, cultural studies, history, journalism and political science, it... manages to consistently engage the reader... - African Studies ReviewLindforss book shows how the edutainment of the 19th century perpetuated an ignorance of Africa that makes it easy for whites to stay racist and difficult for blacks to gain an accurate and dignified understanding of their heritage.... an unusually strong, readable collection. --Boston Book ReviewEthnological show business--that is, the displaying of foreign peoples for commercial and/or educational purposes--has a very long history. In the 19th and 20th centuries some of the most interesting individuals and groups exhibited in Europe and America came from Africa, or were said to come from Africa. African showpeople (real as well as counterfeit), managers and impresarios, and the audiences who came to gape are the featured attractions here--how they individually and in concert helped to shape Western perceptions of Africans.