Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America

Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America

by Matthew G. Hannah
     
 

Late nineteenth-century America was a time of industrialization and urbanization. Immigration was increasing and traditional hierarchies were being challenged. Combining empirical and theoretical material, Hannah explores the modernization of the American federal government during this period. Discussions of gender, race and colonial knowledge engage with Foucault's… See more details below

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Late nineteenth-century America was a time of industrialization and urbanization. Immigration was increasing and traditional hierarchies were being challenged. Combining empirical and theoretical material, Hannah explores the modernization of the American federal government during this period. Discussions of gender, race and colonial knowledge engage with Foucault's ideas on "governmentality." Through an analysis of the work of Francis A. Walker, a prominent political economist and educator of the time, the author demonstrates that the modernization of the American national state was a thoroughly spatial and explicitly geographical project.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521660334
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/14/2000
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series, #32
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Governmentality in context17
2The formation of governmental objects in late nineteenth-century American discourse43
3Francis A. Walker and the formation of American governmental subjectivity60
4American manhood and the strains of governmental subjectivity84
5The spatial politics of governmental knowledge113
6An American exceptionalist political economy160
7Manhood, space and governmental regulation188
Conclusion220
Bibliography229
Index240

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