Science and society in southern Africa

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-26
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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This collection, dealing with case studies drawn from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Mauritius, examines the relationship between scientific claims and practices on the one hand and the exercise of colonial power on the other. It challenges conventional views that portray science as a detached mode of reasoning with the capacity to confer benefits in a more or less even-handed manner. That science has the potential to further the collective good is not fundamentally at issue, but science can also be seen as complicit in processes of colonial domination.

Author Biography

Saul Dubow is Professor of History at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Field sciences in scientific fields: entomology, botany and the early ethnographic monograph in the work of H. A. Junod
Making canes credible in colonial Mauritius
A commonwealth of science: the British Association in South Africa, 1905 and 1929
"For the public benefit": livestock statistics and expertise in the late-nineteenth century Cape Colony
A mania for measurement: statistics and statecraft in the transition to apartheid
Police dogs and state rationality in early twentieth-century South Africa
The Race Welfare Society: eugenis and birth control in Johannesburg, 1930-1940
Doctors and the state: George Gale and South Africa's experiment in social medicine
Technical development and the human factor: sciences of development in Rhodesia's Native Affairs Department
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