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Title:African Views of the Land: A Research Agenda
Author:Ranger, Terence O.ISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=757
Abstract:The present article is a response to the colonial view that Africans themselves, living within their environment, did not have notions of landscape, did not possess any aesthetic appreciation of the land they occupied. It maintains, by way of contrast to the colonial view, that Africans have long invested their environments with moral and symbolic qualities and with beauty; that modernization in Africa was more a matter of clashing concepts of landscape than it was a matter of introducing a totally new, alien and distancing concept. The article illustrates this position with four examples drawn from Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and concludes by suggesting that crucial struggles for resources, memories and rights can be better understood by engaging with such African perceptions of African landscape. Bibliogr., notes, ref.