Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World / Edition 1

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Overview

Starting with the premise that Europe was made by its imperial projects as much as colonial encounters were shaped by events and conflicts in Europe, the contributors to Tensions of Empire investigate metropolitan-colonial relationships from a new perspective. The fifteen essays demonstrate various ways in which "civilizing missions" in both metropolis and colony provided new sites for clarifying a bourgeois order. Focusing on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, they show how new definitions of modernity and welfare were developed and how new discourses and practices of inclusion and exclusion were contested and worked out. The contributors argue that colonial studies can no longer be confined to the units of analysis on which it once relied; instead of being the study of "the colonized," it must account for the shifting political terrain on which the very categories of colonized and colonizer have been shaped and patterned at different times.

Author Biography: Frederick Cooper is Professor of African History at the University ofMichigan. His latest book is Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa (1996). Ann Laura Stoler is Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan and author most recently of Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995).

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What is important about this book is its commitment to shaping theories through the careful interpretation of grounded, empirically based historical and ethnographic studies…It is by far the best collection that I've seen on this subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206052
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 463
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Frederick Cooper is Professor of African History at the University of Michigan. His latest book is Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa (1996). Ann Laura Stoler is Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan and author most recently of Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Between Metropole and Colony: Rethinking a Research Agenda 1
1 Liberal Strategies of Exclusion 59
2 Imperialism and Motherhood 87
3 Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse 152
4 Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience: Models of Colonial Domination in South Africa 163
5 Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers: European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia 198
6 "The Conversion of Englishmen and the Conversion of the World Inseparable": Missionary Imperialism and the Language of Class in Early Industrial Britain 238
7 Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the German Colonial Empire 263
8 "Le bebe en brousse": European Women, African Birth Spacing, and Colonial Intervention in Breast Feeding in the Belgian Congo 287
9 Tradition in the Service of Modernity: Architecture and Urbanism in French Colonial Policy, 1900-1930 322
10 Educating Conformity in French Colonial Algeria 346
11 The Difference - Deferral of a Colonial Modernity: Public Debates on Domesticity in British Bengal 373
12 The Dialectics of Decolonization: Nationalism and Labor Movements in Postwar French Africa 406
13 Cars Out of Place: Vampires, Technology, and Labor in East and Central Africa 436
Notes on Contributors 461
Index 463
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