GEOG 1000 Lecture : Unthinking The "Country of Africa"

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Unthinking the country of africa and images of an african other. Negative stereotypes y war and conflict y poverty and hunger y disease (aids, malaria) these again constitute a discourse of africa. Discourse of africa discourse is a collection of words: violent dark. Positive stereotype y wilderness and primitive africa: popular images of sub saharan africa are inaccurate simplifications of a much more complicated. Main themes for africa section: story: africa is not isolated from the rest of the world, africa is not naturally poor, africa has wealth, addressing africa s challenges. It s not actually a country it s really a big continent! y y defining sub-saharan africa. No clear cut distinction between sub-saharan and north africa. Not any one thing that defines the region. Similar- but not identical - colonial and post-colonial experience. Ghana was a wealthy kingdom with a lot of gold. Europeans began trading through the seas instead of travelling through the sahara desert.

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