Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, Colonialism

Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, Colonialism

by Anupama Rao
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822337436

ISBN-13: 9780822337430

Pub. Date: 05/03/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Discipline and the Other Body reveals the intimate relationship between violence and difference underlying modern governmental power and the human rights discourses that critique it. The comparative essays brought together in this collection show how, in using physical violence to discipline and control colonial subjects, governments repeatedly found

Overview

Discipline and the Other Body reveals the intimate relationship between violence and difference underlying modern governmental power and the human rights discourses that critique it. The comparative essays brought together in this collection show how, in using physical violence to discipline and control colonial subjects, governments repeatedly found themselves enmeshed in a fundamental paradox: Colonialism was about the management of difference—the “civilized” ruling the “uncivilized”—but colonial violence seemed to many the antithesis of civility, threatening to undermine the very distinction that validated its use. Violation of the bodies of colonial subjects regularly generated scandals, and eventually led to humanitarian initiatives, ultimately changing conceptions of “the human” and helping to constitute modern forms of human rights discourse. Colonial violence and discipline also played a crucial role in hardening modern categories of difference—race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion.

The contributors, who include both historians and anthropologists, address instances of colonial violence from the early modern period to the twentieth century and from Asia to Africa to North America. They consider diverse topics, from the interactions of race, law, and violence in colonial Louisiana to British attempts to regulate sex and marriage in the Indian army in the early nineteenth century. They examine the political dilemmas raised by the extensive use of torture in colonial India and the ways that British colonizers flogged Nigerians based on beliefs that different ethnic and religious affiliations corresponded to different degrees of social evolution and levels of susceptibility to physical pain. An essay on how contemporary Sufi healers deploy bodily violence to maintain sexual and religious hierarchies in postcolonial northern Nigeria makes it clear that the state is not the only enforcer of disciplinary regimes based on ideas of difference.

Contributors. Laura Bear, Yvette Christiansë, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Dorothy Ko, Isaac Land, Susan O’Brien, Douglas M. Peers, Steven Pierce, Anupama Rao, Kerry Ward

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337430
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/03/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................vii
ANUPAMA RAO AND STEVEN PIERCE Discipline and the Other Body: Humanitarianism, Violence, and the Colonial Exception....................1
KERRY WARD Defining and Defiling the Criminal Body at the Cape of Good Hope: Punishing the Crime of Suicide under Dutch East India Company Rule, circa 1652-1795....................36
SHANNON LEE DAWDY The Burden of Louis Congo and the Evolution of Savagery in Colonial Louisiana....................61
ISAAC LAND "Sinful Propensities": Piracy, Sodomy, and Empire in the Rhetoric of Naval Reform, 1770-1870....................90
DOUGLAS M. PEERS The Raj's Other Great Game: Policing the Sexual Frontiers of the Indian Army in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century....................115
ANUPAMA RAO Problems of Violence, States of Terror: Torture in Colonial India....................151
STEVEN PIERCE Punishment and the Political Body: Flogging and Colonialism in Northern Nigeria....................186
DOROTHY KO Footbinding and Anti-footbinding in China: The Subject of Pain in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries....................215
LAURA BEAR An Economy of Suffering: Addressing the Violence of Discipline in Railway Workers' Petitions to the Agent of the East Indian Railway, 1930-47....................243
SUSAN O'BRIEN Spirit Discipline: Gender, Islam, and Hierarchies of Treatment in Postcolonial Northern Nigeria....................273
YVETTE CHRISTIANSE Selections from Castaway....................303
Bibliography....................317
Contributors....................347
Index....................349

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