Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331058 Published May 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Inventing Africa: History, Archaeology and Ideas

Robin Derricourt

Inventing Africa: History, Archaeology and Ideas

Robin Derricourt

Distributed for Pluto Press

200 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331058 Published May 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745331065 Published May 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Inventing Africa is a critical account of narratives which have selectively interpreted and misinterpreted the continent's deep past.

Writers have created alluring images of lost cities, vast prehistoric migrations and golden ages of past civilisations. Debates continue on the African origins of humankind, the contributions of ancient Egypt to the world and Africa's importance to global history.

Images of 'Africa', simplifying a complex and diverse continent, have existed from ancient Mediterranean worlds, slave trading nations and colonial powers to today's political elites, ecotourists and aid-givers. Robin Derricourt draws on his background as publisher and practitioner in archaeology and history to explore the limits and the dangers of simplifications, arguing - as with Said's concept of 'Orientalism' - that ambitious ideas can delude or oppress as well as inform.

Defending Africa against some of the grand narratives that have been imposed upon its peoples, Inventing Africa will spark new debates in the history of Africa and of archaeology.

Contents
Preface: The Construction of African Pasts
1. The Changing Shape and Perception of “Africa”
2. Mythic and Mystic Africa
3. Looking Both Ways
4. Egos and Fossils
5. Stirring the Gene Pool
6. Ancient Egypt and African Sources of Civilization
7. Old States Good, New States Bad
8. The Present of the Past
End notes
Index
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