Domesticating the Empire: Race, Gender, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism / Edition 1

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In Domesticating the Empire, Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Gouda bring together twelve essays- most of them original- that probe issues of gender, race, and power in the French and Dutch Empires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This collection goes beyond the crude dichotomies of "European" and "indigenous" or "non-European" to examine the meanings of cross-cultural and interracial interactions in local historical contexts. The contributors' analyses are firmly rooted in historical figures and events and employ a wde range of primary sources to examine shifting images of femininity and masculinity, motherhood and fatherhood.

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Contains 12 mostly original essays that address issues of gender, race, and power in the French and Dutch empires of the 19th and 20th centuries. Contributors employ a range of primary sources, including travelogues, oral histories, judicial records, and photographs. A few b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813917818
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,300,469
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Clancy-Smith is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona and the author of Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904). Frances Gouda is Research Associate Professor in Women's Studies at George Washington University and the author of Poverty and Political Culture: The Rhetoric of Social Welfare in the Netherlands and France, 1815-1854 and Dutch Culture Overseas: Colonial Practice in the Netherlands Indies, 1900-1942.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 In Pursuit of Greater France: Visions of Empire among Musee Social Reformers, 1894-1931 21
3 "Special Customs": Paternity Suits and Citizenship in France and the Colonies, 1870-1912 43
4 Redefining "Frenchness": Citizenship, Race Regeneration, and Imperial Motherhood in France and West Africa, 1914-40 65
5 Secrets and Danger: Interracial Sexuality in Louis Couperus's The Hidden Force and Dutch Colonial Culture around 1900 84
6 Womanizing Indochina: Fiction, Nation, and Cohabitation in Colonial Cambodia, 1890-1930 108
7 So Close and Yet so Far: The Ambivalence of Dutch Colonial Rhetoric on Javanese Servants in Indonesia, 1900-1942 131
8 Islam, Gender, and Identities in the Making of French Algeria, 1830-1962 154
9 Civilizing Gender Relations in Algeria: The Paradoxical Case of Marie Bugeja, 1919-39 175
10 "Irresistible Seductions": Gendered Representations of Colonial Algeria around 1930 193
11 Emancipating Each Other: Dutch Colonial Missionaries' Encounter with Karo Women in Sumatra, 1900-1942 211
12 Good Mothers, Medeas, or Jezebels: Feminine Imagery in Colonial and Anticolonial Rhetoric in the Dutch East Indies, 1900-1942 236
13 Trekking to New Guinea: Dutch Colonial Fantasies of a Virgin Land, 1900-1942 255
Notes 273
Contributors 335
Index 339
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