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The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga


The tsetse fly is a pan-African insect that bites an infective forest animal and ingests blood filled with invisible parasites, which it carries and transmits into cattle and people as it bites them, leading to n'gana (animal trypanosomiasis) and sleeping sickness. This book examines how the presence of the tsetse fly turned the forests of Zimbabwe and southern Africa into an open laboratory where African knowledge formed the basis of colonial tsetse control policies. The book traces the pestiferous work that an indefatigable, mobile insect does through its movements, and the work done by huma ... More

Keywords: n'gana, animal trypanosomiasis, sleeping sickness, tsetse fly, Zimbabwe, southern Africa, pesticides, African experience, pestilence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, author