Congoism

Congo Discourses in the United States from 1800 to the Present

Johnny Van Hove

Transcript-Verlag

Congoism

Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9783837640373

360 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Congoism

Congo Discourses in the United States from 1800 to the Present

Johnny Van Hove

Transcript-Verlag

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To justify the plundering of today's Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. intellectual elites have continuously produced dismissive Congo discourses. Tracing these discourses in great depth and breadth, Johnny Van Hove shows how U.S. intellectuals (and their influential European counterparts) have used the Congo in similar fashions for their own goals. Analyzing intellectuals as diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, Joseph Conrad, and David Van Reybrouck, the book offers a theorization of Central West Africa, a case study of normalized narratives on the "Other," and a stirring wake-up call for contemporary writers on international history and politics.

About the Author

Johnny Van Hove works as a scientific consultant in the field of migration. He writes for various news media in Germany, the U.S., and Belgium.