Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa

  • Authors
  • Kathryn Mathers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kathryn Mathers
    Pages 1-9
  3. Kathryn Mathers
    Pages 41-59
  4. Kathryn Mathers
    Pages 181-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-223

About this book


Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa uses observations of American travelers to southern Africa to ask: why is Africa so important to Americans? These travel stories show how encounters with Africans lead to a problematic desire to save Africa. Kathryn Mathers argues that this is then seen as a way to resolve the tensions between aspirations for a globally responsible America and the current reality of its geopolitical role. This book draws fascinating new conclusions about the connections and disconnections on which contemporary American identity is formed.


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