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Birders of Africa: History of a Network

Nancy J. Jacobs


This unique and unprecedented study of birding in Africa reconstructs the collaborations between well-known ornithologists and the largely forgotten guides, hunters, and taxidermists who worked with them. Drawing on ethnography, scientific publications, private archives, and interviews, the author asks: How did white ornithologists both depend on and operate distinctively from African birders? What investment did African birders have in collaborating with ornithologists? By distilling the interactions between European science and African vernacular knowledge, this stunningly illustrated book o ... More

Keywords: birding, Africa, ornithologists, guides, hunters, taxidermists, African birders, colonial politics, postcolonial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300209617
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300209617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy J. Jacobs, author
Brown University