"A good site for health": missionaries and the pathological geography of central southern Africa

Endfield, G.H. and Nash, D.J. (2007) "A good site for health": missionaries and the pathological geography of central southern Africa Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28 (2). pp. 142-157. ISSN 0129-7619

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Abstract

Throughout much of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the tropics and subtropics were constructed as a relatively homogenous realm. The supposed 'pathological potency' of these regions was assumed to render them particularly hazardous for European constitutions relative to 'temperate' locations. The interior of Africa represented one such apparently pestilential place. This paper examines how the experiences of nineteenth-century missionaries based at various stations in central southern Africa might have been influenced by popular and scientific debates focussing on environment, climate and health in Africa. We also illustrate how their perspectives may have challenged popular homogenized conceptualizations of interior Africa as a uniformly dangerous place for Europeans and helped to identify a spatially varied pathological geography of the region.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Missionaries; southern Africa; climate; health; nineteenth century
Subjects: F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L710 Human and Social Geography by area > L713 Human and Social Geography of Africa
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2007.00287.x
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Applied Geosciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2474

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