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By Steven Van Wolputte, Mattia Fumanti

ISBN-10: 382581257X

ISBN-13: 9783825812577

This quantity on beer in Africa makes a speciality of the making and unmaking of self within the inchoate, darkish, exalted and occasionally provoking context of bars, shebeens and different formal and casual consuming events. Beer in Africa takes the construction and intake of fermented beverages as its aspect of access to enquire how neighborhood actors take care of the ambivalent and the hazy, and the way this ambiguity stands because the sine qua non of social existence and day-by-day perform.

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Chatelain found it difficult to attract shopkeepers to come from Switzerland and accept his own bachelor asceticism, or to recruit mission workers willing to acknowledge his belief that it was colonization that represented the road to liberty for Africa’s people. One had to be patient and pragmatic when waiting for the benefits of “civilization” to trickle down. 2 If transport had been a problem in the Kwanza valley when Chatelain was helping establish the Malange mission, it proved to be an even greater problem on the southern highlands.

Although he was a quintessentially humane man and remarkably free of the exploitative racial prejudices that were normal in both America and Africa during his lifetime, he did avail himself of a traveling hammock for his long journeys into the Kimbundu-speaking hinterland of Luanda. Hammocks required stout porters, and on his travels through the high forest and tall grass toward Malange he was commonly frustrated at the difficulty in getting his caravan crew underway on cold, dew-laden mornings.

Attempts to use small steam-driven boats on the river also met with poor results, as the ever-ambitious Chatelain discovered on a frustrating, mosquito-plagued trip to visit a slave-worked sugar plantation owned by one of his city friends. The late-Victorian belief in technological modernity was not checked by handicaps on the river, however, and colonial visionaries dreamed of building a steam railway that would run from Luanda into the deep interior beyond Malange. The pretentiously named Royal Transafrica Railway Company was designed to link the magnificent harbor of Luanda with the interior of Congo and even with the east coast of Africa.

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