Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule / Edition 2

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This landmark book tracks matters of intimacy to investigate matters of state in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Indonesia, Particularly the critical role played by sexual arrangements and affective attachments in creating colonial categories and distinguishing the ruler from the ruled. Arguing that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Ann Laura Stoler's essays focus on parents and parenting, nursing mothers, servants, orphanages, and abandoned children to reveal why they were understood as so essential to imperial governance and why they have been so consistently absent from its historiography.

The preface to this 2010 edition is a substantial critical essay that takes up the analytics of comparison, new questions about the intimate, and our reading of colonial documents and the displaced histories folded within them.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy F. Cott
To my knowledge, there simply is no one else writing on questions of colonialism, gender, race, and intimacy who brings this depth and reach of historical and anthropological illumination to bear.
Doris Sommer
This new book brings our collective agenda forward with a degree of maturity and flexibility that makes narrow academic preferences both unnecessary and misleading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520262461
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Edition description: With a New Preface
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,207,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Laura Stoler, Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is the author of Race and the Education of Desire (1995) and coeditor of Tensions of Empire (California, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2010 Edition: Zones of the Intimate in Imperial Formations ix

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Note on Illustrations xxxv

1 Genealogies of the Intimate: Movements in Colonial Studies 1

2 Rethinking Colonial Categories: European Communities and the Boundaries of Rule 22

3 Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Gender and Morality in the Making of Race 41

4 Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers: Cultural Competence and the Dangers of M?tissage 79

5 A Sentimental Education: Children on the Imperial Divide 112

6 A Colonial Reading of Foucault: Bourgeois Bodies and Racial Selves 140

7 Memory-Work in Java: A Cautionary Tale 162

Epilogue. Caveats on Comfort Zones and Comparative Frames 205

Notes 219

Bibliography 285

Index 319

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