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|Publisher:||Duke University Press Books|
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Table of ContentsList of Abbreviations vii Author's Note ix Preface. The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa (Dirtpol) Project xi Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 1. European Insanitary Nuisances 16 2. Malaria: Lines in the Dirt 32 3. African Newspapers, the "Great Unofficial Public," and Plague in Colonial Lagos 43 4. Screening Dirt: Public Health Movies in Colonial Nigeria and Rural Spectatorship in the 1930s and 1940s 58 5. Methods, Unsound Methods, No Methods at All? 79 6. Popular Perceptions of "Dirty" in Multicultural Lagos 90 7. Remembering Waste 115 8. City Sexualities: Negotiating Homophobia 142 Conclusion. Mediated Publics, Uncontrollable Audiences 158 Appendix. Words, Phrases, and Sayings Related to Dirt in Lagos 169 Notes 175 References 215 Index 241
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“Brilliantly reading imperial discourse against the grain, Stephanie Newell offers compelling dissections of the perspectives, assumptions, privileged subject positions, and framings that characterize imperial thought. At the same time, she gives close attention and consideration to the range of voices of the people of Lagos, producing powerful arguments about the popular, cultural, and social structures that express urban values. With great ingenuity, Newell has constituted an archive of the present that provides local voices and views on subjects initially warped by colonial discourse. Histories of Dirt is an important and major contribution.”
"Stephanie Newell's Histories of Dirt does for this generation what Mary Douglas did with Purity and Danger several decades ago. Focusing on what seems ubiquitous and thus utterly banal—dirt—Newell shows how the phenomenon of dirt is interpretable from a variety of sometimes contradictory perspectives both by local Africans and by the team of researchers that set about investigating the phenomenon. This is a high-order interdisciplinary work, full of fresh insights and with a turn toward what Africans think about themselves that will provide salutary methodological and conceptual lessons for scholars in African Studies and well beyond."