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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.
Author Biography: 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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|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 Metissage||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|
Posted January 17, 2010
A "career" anthropologist -in other words; an individual who's more concerned with university politics than the validity of his or her works- Stolers career centers upon the so called "discovery" that the revolutionary tales anthropologists might wish to tell of colonial "exploitation"- don't actually match the tales of the societal elders that actually experienced the colonial era. Such = An anthropological insight? Or the tale any Brit, Frenchman, Dutchman, or Spaniard might experience from some old fart within hours of visiting ex colony ... "things were so much better in yr day... " etc. etc. Such at least has been my experience. ************************
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