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The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge
     

The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge

by Karl Ittmann, Dennis D. Cordell, Gregory H. Maddox
 

ISBN-10: 0821419331

ISBN-13: 9780821419335

Pub. Date: 10/05/2010

Publisher: Ohio University Press

The Demographics of Empire examines the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography over the last two centuries. The essays address how historians, demographers, and other social scientists understood colonial populations; what the demographic realities of African societies were and how they affected colonial systems of power; and finally, how

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The Demographics of Empire examines the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography over the last two centuries. The essays address how historians, demographers, and other social scientists understood colonial populations; what the demographic realities of African societies were and how they affected colonial systems of power; and finally, how demographic theories that developed in Europe shaped colonial policies and administrative structures.

Together the contributors question demographic orthodoxy, and in particular the assumption that African societies in the past exhibited a single demographic regime characterized by high fertility and high mortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821419335
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Counting Subjects: Demography and Empire Dennis D. Cordell Karl Ittmann Gregory H. Maddox 1

1 African Historical Demography in the Postmodern and Postcolonial Eras Dennis D. Cordell 22

2 "Where Nature Dominates Man": Demographic Ideas and Policy in British Colonial Africa, 1890-1970 Karl Ittmann 59

3 How to Count the Subjects of Empire" Steps toward an Imperial Demography in French West Africa before 1946 Raymond R. Gervais Issiaka Mandé 89

4 Makwerekwere: Separating Immigrants and Natives in Early Colonial Natal Thomas V. McClendon 113

5 Counting and Recounting: Dislocation, Colonial Demography, and Historical Memory in Northern Gabon John M. Cinnamon 130

6 The Discourse of Overpopulation in Western Kenya and the Creation of the Pioneer Corps Meshack Owino 157

7 Disease and Reproductive Health in Ujiji, Tanganyika: Colonial and Missionary Discourses Regarding Islam and a "Dying Population" Sheryl A. McCurdy 174

8 Disease and Environment in Africa: Imputed Dynamics and Unresolved Issues Gregory H. Maddox 198

9 Reproducing Labor: Colonial Government Regulation of African Women's Reproductive Lives Meredeth Turshen 217

10 African Population: Projections, 1850-1960 Patrick Manning 245

List of Appendices 277

Contributors 279

Index 281

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