Ann Laura Stoler’s Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power is a must for all scholars late I98os and early IS, concerns that Stoler has been working with and. Ann Stoler. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Berkeley: University of California Press, xi + pp. $ . Review of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule by Ann Laura Stoler.
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Her theorization is profound and has wide implications and is certainly extremely Foucauldian and the research that she did to write this goes way beyond impressive. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Carlin rated it really liked it Jun 13, There is a heavy sense of disillusionment which overhangs Burmese Days. Oct 20, morning Os rated it really liked it Shelves: Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Heather rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective.
Most often, the historically colonized and poeer historic colonizers saw one another in a different light.
Finale rated it really liked it Feb 15, Gender-specific sexual sanctions, too, were squarely at the heart of imperial rule, and European supremacy was asserted in terms of national and racial virility. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: The individual chapters recycle a basis theme, but the theme is worth considering: Nationalism was a tool used by the state to promote empire.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It Why, Ann Laura Stoler asks, was the management of sexual arrangements and affective attachments so critical to the making of colonial categories and to what distinguished ruler from ruled? This one is more historical and substantial than her “Race and the Education of Desire.
The Orient has always been sexed and sexualized as a woman, perhaps most memorably in the harems of One Thousand and One Nights. Books by Ann Laura Stoler. Stoler considers governance of the intimate sphere – of sex, of marriage, of child-rearing – as a critical site for understanding race and for understanding what colonization looked at and how it was accomplished. Praise for the first edition of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Stoler relies heavily on notions of Foucauldian biopolitics for the theoretical basis of her work.
I hope one day I can write a book like this woman. Why, Ann Laura Stoler asks, was the management of sexual arrangements and affective attachments so critical to the making of colonial categories and to what distinguished ruler from ruled?
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
Therefore, constructing and deploying an ideology of racial supremacy was the way to do it. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. I appreciate greatly that gender and intimacy is a huge, often overlooked, aspect of colonial studies, but woof, this book is theory-heavy.
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Paperbackpages. She seems to bring remorse and vexation lower than she does pleasure or satisfaction. Contending that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that matters of the intimate were absolutely central to imperial politics.
This is a damn good book. She mentions the subjection of women and the prominence of sex symbols in colonial culture.
Nevertheless, she rejects the fixity of racial categories. Why, Ann Laura Stoler asks, was the management of sexual arrangements and affective attachments so critical to the making of colonial categories and to what distinguished ruler from ruled? A great deal of theory woven in and some unusual insight that contrasts with previous thought on sexuality among colonizers and native women.
In the case of concubinage, the perception is manipulated in order to justify the action of banning it.
Read, highlight, and carnall notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This ‘blurring,’ or hybridity, is, of course, an important issue in postcolonial theory, yet Stoler’s presentation reveals that this hybridity is not only a theoretical question, but also though largely absent from the extant scholarship a reflection of historical reality.
Although novels and memoirs position European women as categorically absent from the sexual fantasies of European men, these very men imagined their women to be desired and seductive figures to others. Return to Book Page.
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule by Ann Laura Stoler
White employees had to stand out as deserving of the unfair privileges they were accorded: Moreover, that sexuality, gender, race, and nationality are linked in very complicated ways seems to be commonly understood.
University of California Pr Amazon. According to her reasoning, intermarriage and concubinage between the Dutch and the Natives served to widen the rifts between children of mixed marriages, poor whites, the Natives, and the Dutch. Again, she does not use specific examples from all the global powers of this time period.
In this chapter, Stoler not only used her Foucauldian framework to criticize previous studies of colonialism, but actually allowed the interviews to show the cleavages in her own prior work. Basing her arguments on generalizations and including information about countries involved in contemporary conflicts, she conflates the histories of many major colonizing powers such as England, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century with the ongoing politics of countries such as France, Israel, and the United States today.
In chapter five, Stoler focuses on the domesticating strategies of empire. These include skin color and shared characteristics. They were not afraid of being intimate with those that they sometimes fought against or oppressed or employed or married.