Book ID: CBB286513124

Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park (2020)


Jacob S. T. Dlamini (Author)

Ohio University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 350
Language: English

Safari Nation opens new lines of inquiry in the study of national parks in Africa and the rest of the world. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most iconic nature reserve, renowned for its rich flora and fauna. According to author  Jacob Dlamini, there is another side to the park, a social history neglected by scholars and popular writers alike in which blacks (meaning Africans, Coloureds, and Indians) occupy center stage. Safari Nation details the ways  in which black people  devoted energies to conservation and to the park over the course of the twentieth century—engagement that transcends the stock (black) figure of the laborer and the poacher. By exploring the complex and dynamic ways in which blacks of varying class, racial, religious, and social backgrounds related to the Kruger National Park,  and with the help of previously unseen archival photographs, Dlamini’s narrative also sheds new light on how and why Africa’s national parks—often derided by scholars as colonial impositions—survived the end of white rule on the continent. Relying on oral histories, photographs, and archival research, Safari Nation engages both with African historiography and with ongoing debates about the “land question,” democracy, and citizenship in South Africa.

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Review Jill E. Kelly (2021) Review of "Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park". American Historical Review (pp. 1201-1204). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Carruthers, Jane
Winston, Andrew S.
Casado de Otaola, Santos
Weizmann, Fredric
Teo, Thomas
Richards, Graham
Environmental History
Journal of American Culture
Environment and History
History of the Human Sciences
Canadian Historical Review
Enseñanza de las Ciencias de la Tierra
University of Natal Press
American Psychological Association
Oxford University Press
Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
The Ohio State University Press
Cambridge University Press
Science and race
National parks and reserves
Wildlife conservation
Science and politics
Stevenson-Hamilton, James
Galton, Francis
Ickes, Harold LeClair
Baartman, Saartje (Sarah)
Roberts, Alexander William
South Africa
United States
Great Britain
Paris (France)
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Joshua Tree National Park
United States. National Park Service

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