Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History / Edition 1

Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History / Edition 1

by Ann Laura Stoler
     
 

ISBN-10: 082233724X

ISBN-13: 9780822337249

Pub. Date: 05/05/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


A milestone in U.S. historiography, Haunted by Empire brings postcolonial critiques to bear on North American history and draws on that history to question the analytic conventions of postcolonial studies. The contributors to this innovative collection examine the critical role of “domains of the intimate” in the consolidation of colonial power.…  See more details below

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A milestone in U.S. historiography, Haunted by Empire brings postcolonial critiques to bear on North American history and draws on that history to question the analytic conventions of postcolonial studies. The contributors to this innovative collection examine the critical role of “domains of the intimate” in the consolidation of colonial power. They demonstrate how the categories of difference underlying colonialism—the distinctions advanced as the justification for the colonizer’s rule of the colonized—were enacted and reinforced in intimate realms from the bedroom to the classroom to the medical examining room. Together the essays focus attention on the politics of comparison—on how colonizers differentiated one group or set of behaviors from another—and on the circulation of knowledge and ideologies within and between imperial projects. Ultimately, this collection forces a rethinking of what historians choose to compare and of the epistemological grounds on which those choices are based.

Haunted by Empire includes Ann Laura Stoler’s seminal essay “Tense and Tender Ties” as well as her bold introduction, which carves out the exciting new analytic and methodological ground animated by this comparative venture. The contributors engage in a lively cross-disciplinary conversation, drawing on history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, and public health. They address such topics as the regulation of Hindu marriages and gay sexuality in the early-twentieth-century United States; the framing of multiple-choice intelligence tests; the deeply entangled histories of Asian, African, and native peoples in the Americas; the racial categorizations used in the 1890 U.S. census; and the politics of race and space in French colonial New Orleans. Linda Gordon, Catherine Hall, and Nancy F. Cott each provide a concluding essay reflecting on the innovations and implications of the arguments advanced in Haunted by Empire.

Contributors. Warwick Anderson, Laura Briggs, Kathleen Brown, Nancy F. Cott, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Linda Gordon, Catherine Hall, Martha Hodes, Paul A. Kramer, Lisa Lowe, Tiya Miles, Gwenn A. Miller, Emily S. Rosenberg, Damon Salesa, Nayan Shah, Alexandra Minna Stern, Ann Laura Stoler, Laura Wexler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337249
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/05/2006
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Sales rank:
1,027,581
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Intimidations of empire : predicaments of the tactile and unseen1
2Tense and tender ties : the politics of comparison in North American history and (post) colonial studies23
3Samoa's half-castes and some frontiers of comparison71
4States of hygiene : race "improvement" and biomedical citizenship in Australia and the colonial Philippines94
5Adjudicating intimacies on U.S. frontiers116
6Proper caresses and prudent distance : a how-to manual from colonial Louisiana140
7"His kingdom for a kiss" : Indians and intimacy in the narrative of John Marrant163
8The intimacies of four continents191
9Body work in the antebellum United States213
10Fractions and fictions in the United States census of 1890240
11The fair ensemble : Kate Chopin in St. Louis in 1904271
12"The perfect mistress of Russian economy" : sighting the intimate on a colonial Alaskan terrain, 1784-1821297
13An empire of tests : psychometrics and the paradoxes of nationalism in the Americas325
14Making "American" families : transnational adoption and U.S. Latin America policy344
15The darkness that enters the home : the politics of prostitution during the Philippine-American War366
16Ordering others : U.S. financial advisers in the early twentieth century405
17International colonialism and gender427
18Commentary452
19Afterword469

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