Speaking with vampires : rumor and history in colonial Africa / Luise White.

  • White, Luise
[2000], ©2000
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Also known as

Rumor and history in colonial Africa


Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2000], ©2000.

Physical description

xvi, 352 pages : maps ; 24 cm.


Bood and words: writing history with (and about) vampire stories -- Historicizing rumor and gossip -- "Bandages on your mouth": the experience of colonial medicine in East and Central Africa -- "Why is petrol red?": the experience of skilled and semi-skilled labor in East and Central Africa -- "A special danger": gender, property, and blood in Nairobi, 1919-1939 -- "Roast mutton captivity": labor, trade, and Catholic missions in colonial Northern Rhodesia -- Blood, bugs, and archives: debates over sleeping-sickness control in colonial Northern Rhodesia, 1931-1939 -- Citizenship and censorship: politics, newspapers, and "a stupefier of several women" in Kampala in the 1950s -- Class struggle and cannibalism: storytelling and history writing on the copperbelts of colonial Northern Rhodesia and the Belgian Congo.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-344) and index.

Reproduction note

Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2006. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet. This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



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