Travel, Humanitarianism, and Becoming American in Africa (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
KATHRYN MATHERS is a visiting scholar in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, USA. Her published work examines reality television, adventure travel, and the tensions between tourism, development, and migration in South Africa.