Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power- Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule

ISBN-10: 0520231112
ISBN-13: 9780520231115
Edition: 2002
Authors: Ann Laura Stoler
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 341
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Why, Ann Laura Stoler asks, was the management of sexual arrangements and affective attachments so critical to the making of colonial categories and to what distinguished ruler from ruled? Contending that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that matters of the intimate were absolutely central to imperial politics. It was, after all, in the intimate sphere of home and servants that European children learned what they were required to learn of place and race. Gender-specific sexual sanctions, too, were squarely at the heart of imperial rule, and European supremacy was asserted in terms of national and racial virility. Stoler looks discerningly at the way cultural competencies and sensibilities entered into the construction of race in the colonial context and proposes that "cultural racism" in fact predates its postmodern discovery. Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective.

Acknowledgments
Note on Illustrations
Genealogies of the Intimate: Movements in Colonial Studies
Rethinking Colonial Categories: European Communities and the Boundaries of Rule
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Gender and Morality in the Making of Race
Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers: Cultural Competence and the Dangers of Metissage
A Sentimental Education: Children on the Imperial Divide
A Colonial Reading of Foucault: Bourgeois Bodies and Racial Selves
Memory-Work in Java: A Cautionary Tale
Epilogue: Caveats on Comfort Zones and Comparative Frames
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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