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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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Michaela rated it really liked it Jun 05, She also draws on sentiments expressed in literature. Nevertheless, she rejects the fixity of racial categories.

Theresa rated it it was amazing May 04, These include skin color and shared characteristics. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Books by Ann Laura Stoler. It’s funny how so few people write a review on this here although many have read this. Seb rated it really liked ,nowledge Mar 09, Stoler also looks at the intimate spaces of colonial households– at the child-rearing practices designed to keep European children from succumbing to the cultural lures and “degeneracy” of the tropics, at the way in which a hyper-masculinised version of maleness was promoted in order to keep up the belief in white prestige and invincibility.

In order to create and sustain such perceptions, actions have to be taken.

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 caenal extant scholarship a reflection of historical reality.

The individual chapters recycle a basis theme, but the theme is worth considering: Specifically, it does not counter her stkler vilification of France, the United States, and Israel and it conflates history with political thought. Each of these articles focuses on life in the Dutch East Indies, particularly Java, from the late 19th century through the s, although she includes several moments of comparison with other imperialistic powers.


Rannald Sim rated it it was amazing Sotler 23, 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. This vision of the empire is comic and apt because the Empire does have many illnesses, albeit not of a physical but moral nature. About Ann Laura Stoler.

Race csrnal the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Finale rated it really liked it Feb 15, Return to Book Page. 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.

Dinah W rated it it was amazing Jun 21, It ppower a harsh reality with tangible consequences, and is often a facet or an extension of the pkwer of imperialism. Jan 18, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Powerplease sign up.

Joo Ok rated it really liked it May 14, 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. She relies repeatedly on worlds like The books reads like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization knowlefge intimate relations during the 18thth century.

At the same time, she engages with cutting-edge discussions advanced by postcolonial theorists in recent years. She argues that in a comparative frame, the state often categorized people using taxonomies for mnemonic purposes.

Although novels and memoirs position European women as categorically absent from the sexual carnql of European men, these very men imagined their women to be desired and seductive figures to others. The question that remains is to what extent it matters how subjects understood and interpreted the actions of regimes based on biopower. She mentions the importance of state interest in harnessing sentiment. Stoler shows that hybridization took place at the personal, quotidian level, where the Europeans interacted actively with the natives, and in the economic arena, where impoverished Europeans were forced to compete with locals for a good living in ‘their’ colonies.


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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In chapter two, Stoler focuses on post-colonialist theory. I appreciate greatly that gender and intimacy is a huge, often overlooked, aspect of colonial studies, but woof, this book is cafnal.

Stoler looks discerningly at the way cultural competencies and sensibilities entered into the construction of race in the colonial context and proposes that “cultural racism” in fact predates its postmodern discovery. Although the book is relatively recent, her insights feel dated.

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule

This one is more historical and substantial than her “Race and the Education of Desire. The books reads like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the 18thth century. By singling out some countries and not mentioning others, she makes somewhat unfair global generalizations about colonialism and empire.

She addresses the issue of mixed-race marriages when and how and where mixed offspring where classified as “European” or “native” as well as the deep concern colonial authorities had for the problem of poor whites, a class whose existence not only drained government funds but undermined the “prestige” considered so vital to maintaining colonial rule.

Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework.

Dec 20, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it.


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