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The African presenceRepresentations of Africa in the construction of Britishness$
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Graham Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088858

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088858.001.0001

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Britishness and the search for Africa

Britishness and the search for Africa

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The African presence

Graham Harrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks closely at the ways that Africa has been represented through campaigns. It begins by arguing that a perfect and real representation of Africa is an impossibility and that what matters for the argument is the ways that Africa is mediated through campaign organisations. The chapter analyses the British Biafra campaign and Band Aid to highlight the centrality of disaster as a point-of-reference in Africa campaigns. The chapter then goes on to look at developmental images of Africa, focussing on the ways that Oxfam’s Annual reports have changed over time.

Keywords:   Celebrity, Mediation, Biafra, Ethiopian famine, Band Aid, Live Aid, Development, Oxfam

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