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What is Africa? F13

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Julie Jenkins

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of What is Africa? F13

What is Africa?
3x the land area of the U.S.
10% of world population
--800 million people
"Is there any meaningful sense in which we can speak of 'Africa' as a 'place'?"
Misleading to generalise, i.e. the culture/people etc of 'Africa'
--differing environments
--55-56 countries
--different historical experiences
--3000 languages
--"development islands" vs other regions

Africa as an 'Idea'
Mbembe: "the oscillation between the real and imaginary, imaginary realized and real imagined, does not only take place solely in writing. This interweaving also takes place in real life"
Susan George (1993) "One can almost hear the sound of sub-saharan Africa sliding off the world map"
What does Achebe mean when he says "Africa is People"?
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