Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa
- List Price: $55.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Publish date: 06/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780520221222
- ISBN10: 0520221222
Drawing on travel accounts -- most of them Belgian and German -- published between 1878 and the start of World War I, Fabian describes encounters between European travelers and the Africans they met. He argues that the loss of control experienced by these early travelers actually served to enhance cross-cultural understanding, allowing the foreigners to make sense of strange facts and customs. Fabian's provocative findings contribute to a critique of narrowly scientific or rationalistic visions of ethnography, illuminating the relationship between travel and intercultural understanding, as well as between imperialism and ethnographic knowledge.