Some orders may be delayed by the current Coronavirus lockdown.
Visit our help page for further information.
Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park - New African Histories (Paperback)
  • Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park - New African Histories (Paperback)
zoom

Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park - New African Histories (Paperback)

(author)
£26.99
Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 21/04/2020
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket

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.

Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 9780821424094
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In Safari Nation, The Kruger Park and South African ideas of nature and nationality are revealed in profoundly new and insightful ways. Jacob Dlamini captures South African experiences of nature and leisure that have largely escaped the historical profession, focusing his sharp eye on the significant minority of black South Africans who managed to live 'with-as opposed to under-colonialism and apartheid.' An enjoyable book, full of surprises." -- Saul Dubow, author of South Africa's Struggle for Human Rights
"An innovative work of intellectual, political, and social history, Safari Nation advances a compelling new explanation for why the ANC government has chosen not to dismantle colonial-era conservation projects whose origins lie in the dispossession of countless black families. Dlamini's skillful storytelling throughout the book manages to balance compassion and concern for justice with careful empirical detail in a direct, graceful prose that makes Safari Nation an enjoyable read from start to finish." -- Heidi Gengenbach, author of Binding Memories: Women as Makers and Tellers of History in Magude, Mozambique
"Safari Nation is a highly original treatment of the history of Kruger National Park from a black perspective. Dlamini does not pursue a polarized interpretation of the park and conservation as simply white/colonial constructs but instead develops a growing literature that presents African people as engaged in many different facets of park history, as agents, and conservationists." -- William Beinart, author of Rise of Conservation in South Africa and African Local Knowledge
"This book is about nature and black South Africans, but not as daughters and sons of the soil. Rather, Jacob Dlamini describes people on the move towards Kruger National Park, a place where conservation meant racial exclusion. On their way, they made a space of belonging through political effort, not nativism. Following its own eclectic route through rural reserves, cities, and mines, from Table Mountain to the lowveld, Safari Nation offers a bold argument that by making claim on the more-than-human world, black South Africans created an inclusive nation." -- Nancy Jacobs, author of Birders of Africa: History of a Network

You may also be interested in...

The Shadow of the Sun
Added to basket
Another Day of Life
Added to basket
The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
The Complete Tutankhamun
Added to basket
Shake Hands With The Devil
Added to basket
Explorers of the Nile
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
A History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Operation Mayhem
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Diamonds, Gold and War
Added to basket
The Emperor
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Africa
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Zulu Rising
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Lords of the Horizons
Added to basket
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.