9780262535021-0262535025-The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (The MIT Press)

The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (The MIT Press)

ISBN-13: 9780262535021
ISBN-10: 0262535025
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanetsa
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 430 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780262535021
ISBN-10: 0262535025
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanetsa
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 430 pages

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Acknowledged authors Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanetsa wrote The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (The MIT Press) comprising 430 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0262535025 and 9780262535021. Since then The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (The MIT Press) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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How the presence of the tsetse fly turned the African forest into an open laboratory where African knowledge formed the basis of colonial tsetse control policies.

The tsetse fly is a pan-African insect that bites an infective forest animal and ingests blood filled with invisible parasites, which it carries and transmits into cattle and people as it bites them, leading to n'gana (animal trypanosomiasis) and sleeping sickness. In The Mobile Workshop, Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga examines how the presence of the tsetse fly turned the forests of Zimbabwe and southern Africa into an open laboratory where African knowledge formed the basis of colonial tsetse control policies. He traces the pestiferous work that an indefatigable, mobile insect does through its movements, and the work done by humans to control it.

Mavhunga's account restores the central role not just of African labor but of African intellect in the production of knowledge about the tsetse fly. He describes how European colonizers built on and beyond this knowledge toward destructive and toxic methods, including cutting down entire forests, forced “prophylactic” resettlement, massive destruction of wild animals, and extensive spraying of organochlorine pesticides. Throughout, Mavhunga uses African terms to describe the African experience, taking vernacular concepts as starting points in writing a narrative of ruzivo (knowledge) rather than viewing Africa through foreign keywords. The tsetse fly became a site of knowledge production―a mobile workshop of pestilence.

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