The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production

The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production

by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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ISBN-13: 9780262535021
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 430
Sales rank: 1,296,509
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

ansient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe and the editor of What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? , both published by the MIT Press.

Table of Contents

Preface: Before We Begin … ix

Introducing Mhesvi Ruzivo Rwemhesvi 1

1 How Vanhu Managed Tsetse 29

2 Translation into Science and Policy 49

3 Knowing a Fly 67

4 How to Trap a Fly 91

5 Attacking the Fly from Within: Parasitization and Sterilization 117

6 Exposing the Fly to Its Enemies 131

7 Cordon Sanitaire: Prophylactic Settlement 153

8 Traffic Control: A Surveillance System for Unwanted Passengers 171

9 Starving the Fly 187

10 The Coming of the Organochlorine Pesticide 211

11 Bombing Flies 223

12 The Work of Ground Spraying: Incoming Machines in Vatema's Hands 247

13 DDT, Pollution, and Gomarara: A Muted Debate 267

14 Chemoprophylactics 289

15 Unleashed: Mhesvi in a Time of War 305

Conclusion: Vatema as Intellectual Agents 317

Glossary 321

Notes 337

References 363

Index 407

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A masterful storyteller, Mavhunga both delights and illuminates; this book is a sophisticated sociological analysis, and a unique account of Africa's relations between knowledge, science, nature, and politics.

Ron Eglash , Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; author of African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design A bold intellectual contribution to the history of science and technology thatgives readers not only an African history of mhesvi , the tsetse fly, and its management but also an argument for why we must go beyond colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial frames when studyingknowledge production in places such as Africa. In The Mobile Workshop ,Mavhunga tells acomplex history of eradication, control, and survival in Zimbabwe. Deftly researched and creatively written, the book isalso a model for how to write more globally inclusive histories of knowledge production and a powerful demonstration of how language serves to erase history but also can contribute to itsrecovery.

Eden Medina , author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile

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A bold intellectual contribution to the history of science and technology thatgives readers not only an African history of mhesvi, the tsetse fly, and its management but also an argument for why we must go beyond colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial frames when studyingknowledge production in places such as Africa.In The Mobile Workshop,Mavhunga tells acomplex history of eradication, control, and survival in Zimbabwe.Deftly researched and creatively written, the book isalso a model for how to write more globally inclusive histories of knowledge production and a powerful demonstration of how language serves to erase history but also can contribute to itsrecovery.

Eden Medina, author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile

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