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New College
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Melissa Levin

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new250 week one 3/5/2013 7:48:00 PM
* be aware of historical context when studying contemporary issues*
first myth to dispense with is that is Africa is homogenous, and that it is a
country, feeds from the view that Africa is ahistorical and timeless. Either
love or hate Africa.
The meaning that we attach to continent, countries and people of Africa is
what is significant because it justifies and fuels the way we act/think in
relation to Africaneed to dispense miseducations
Idea of Africa is a historical construct- prior to modernity and expansion of
Europe and imperialism and colonialism and expansion of world capitalism
system of 1500, we didn’t understand Africa as a unit, because we had trade
routes from east Africa to asia and with the expansion of Europe and all
theose things that there was a shift in the way we view the world., the
center of the universe was in southern Mediterranean area, not western
Europe which became the center after 1500s. then west Africa becomes
center of trade for human bodies
Idea of nation stats are relatively new constructs--- race is also relatively
newidea of race and idea of Africa are historical constructs and historical
processes- need to bear those in mind
Language used e.g ethnic conflicts in west vs tribal conflicts in Africa---
helps conceptualize west vs Africa as modern vs traditional
Modern is efficient, democratic forward looking, active and changing,
traditional is static and backward, sheer opposite
Relationship between blackness and Africa
African states are heterogenous in many ways. Population, gdp etc
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