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Author Rigby, Peter, 1938-

Title African images : racism and the end of anthropology / Peter Rigby
Published Oxford ; Washington, D.C. : Berg, 1996


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Description x, 118 pages ; 23 cm
Series Global issues., 1354-3644
Global issues (Facts on File, Inc.)
Contents Pt. I. Of Niam-Niams, Troglodytes, and Unicorns. Ch. 1. The "Nightmare Republic" and the "Problem of the Underclass" Ch. 2. The Invention of the Three Human Races. Ch. 3. Sexual Inhibition and the "Ethnographic Record" Ch. 4. "r/K Selection," Lombroso, and the Capitalist "Science" of Racism -- Pt. II. Africa Unchained: Anthropology, Ideology, and Consciousness in Contemporary Praxis. Ch. 5. Functionalism, Positivism, Bourgeois Science, Slavery, and Racism. Ch. 6. Ideology and the Consolidation of Racial Prejudice in "Scientific" Racism. Ch. 7. The Hegemony of Racist Ideology: Color, Status, and the Economic Basis of Racism. Ch. 8. Racist Ideology Inventing History: The "Hamitic Myth" and Rwanda-Burundi. Ch. 9. Hobbesian "Realism" and "Taking Responsibility" Ch. 10. The Africanist "Heart of Darkness" Ch. 11. Male African Pastoralists as Failed Capitalists and as "Owners" of Women -- Pt. III. Theoretical Coda
Ch. 12. Marxism and Anthropology I: "Objectivity," Relativism, and the World Economic System. Ch. 13. Marxism and Anthropology II: Fieldwork and Language in History and the Context of Knowledge Production
Summary This book is an impassioned African response to the racial stereotyping of African people and people of African descent by prominent white scholars. It highlights how the media contributes to the growth of racist ideas, particularly in reporting current events in Africa, and demonstrates how some of America's most revered intellectuals cloak racist ideologies in ostensibly egalitarian discourses. The author seeks to rewrite the image of 'race' in order to show the damage racism can cause serious scholarship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-115) and index
Subject African Americans -- Race identity.
Anthropologists -- Attitudes.
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Blacks -- Race identity -- Africa.
Blacks and mass media.
Ethnic attitudes.
Mass media and race relations -- Africa.
Racism -- Africa.
Scholars -- Europe -- Attitudes.
Scholars -- United States -- Attitudes.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in mass media.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- Social aspects -- Africa.
LC no. 97191364
ISBN 1859731023 (paperback)