Uncertain Business of Doing Good: Outsiders in Africa

Uncertain Business of Doing Good: Outsiders in Africa

by Larry Krotz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870138529

ISBN-13: 9780870138522

Pub. Date: 01/22/2009

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

From Doctor Livingstone 150 years ago to the rock star Bono today, outsiders have championed foreign intervention in Africa through political, economic, and health care reforms. Although frequently exploitative, the relationship between Westerners and Africa is also often propelled by an almost irresistible urge to "do good."
    

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From Doctor Livingstone 150 years ago to the rock star Bono today, outsiders have championed foreign intervention in Africa through political, economic, and health care reforms. Although frequently exploitative, the relationship between Westerners and Africa is also often propelled by an almost irresistible urge to "do good."
     Krotz follows the projects of scientists, NGOs, lawyers, and peacekeepers, all motivated in some manner by the desire to "do good" in Africa. He focuses specifically on the Angolan civil war, AIDS research in Kenya, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the UNIM circumcision research project in Kenya. Krotz examines the ethical and social implications of these projects, and raises many difficult and critically important questions: How have we come to think the way we do about Africa and its people? What has motivated us to action, for good or ill? And, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, is there a choice to be made between doing nothing and doing the well intentioned but perhaps wrong thing?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870138522
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
01/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Outsiders in Africa 3

Angola 1992

1 Luanda 15

2 Huambo 27

3 Reportage 43

4 Other People's Countries 51

Nairobi, Kenya 1997

5 Looking for a Prostitute 59

6 Hawa 73

7 Searching for Hawa's Secret 87

8 How DoYou Define Progress? 97

Arusha, 'Tanzania 2002

9 Pastor Ntakirutimana 109

10 Missionaries for Justice 121

11 The Geneva of Mrica 135

12 Verdicts on Rwanda 151

13 Who Goes to Africa? 163

Kisumu, Kenya 2004

14 The Nyanza Club 171

15 Circumcising Africa 183

16 Scientific Life 193

17 The Uncertain Business of Doing Good 199

18 Leaving Africa 209

Notes 215

Selected Bibliography 219

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