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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Carnal knowledge and imperial power | Modernism and Empire
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.
Of course, she does not mention German colonialism which may or may not have employed eugenics. White employees had to stand out as deserving of the unfair privileges they were accorded: It was, after all, in the intimate sphere of home and servants that European children kbowledge what they were required to learn of place and race.
Oct 12, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: Joo Ok rated it really liked it May 14, These women also tend to not have a choice when being sent to the colonies to be married off, as Imperixl in Burmese Dayshaving to choose living a life of relative poverty in Europe or being the savior-scapegoat of Empire.
Impdrial to Read Currently Reading Read. This is the third time I’ve read it and the first time I’ve read it cover to cover.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. References to this book French Beans and Food Scares: Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. Part of this disillusionment is with the Oriental woman, the fantasy of which is dispelled.
A very deep look at the colonial attitudes to human sexuality in the Dutch East Indies, in particular to mixed-race unions and their ensuing offspring, but also, to the carnal and intimate relationships within the more traditional colonial home. Rannald Sim rated it carnzl was amazing Mar 23, She does not mention all the specific laws, what qualified them as racist, and which countries promulgated racist laws. Jul i,perial, Rachael Rose added it Shelves: The books reads like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the 18thth century.
What Stoler insists, however, is that this sexual domination is of more symbolic than pragmatic significance. Lists with This Book. Oct 20, morning Os rated it really liked it Shelves: As a result, this gave rise to efforts to ensure the image of white supremacy was upheld via eugenization and racial purity preserved by frowning upon miscegenation and concubinage.
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule by Ann Laura Stoler
She singles out these particular countries. I, however, seem to be the only person in my class that has not had sufficient exposure to theory. The writing is scholarly and a I found it a bit difficult to engage with her style in the early chapters.
Maybe impsrial just me, I am certainly already predisposed to close examinations of the sites and frames she discusses, but the fact that I’ve been assigned this book three times in as many years suggests otherwise. In the preface, she singles out the countries which have recently come under scrutiny by the UN and public opinion, as opposed to countries who had occupied more territory and may have been harsher colonizers.
She is a devastating writer – I have many pages marked with hearts by lines I love. 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? Why, Ann Imperia 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?
Feb 12, Julia Kott rated it liked it. Ma Hla May hardly seems attractive to Flory. This one is probably my least favorite so far.
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
She relies repeatedly on worlds like The books ad like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the 18thth century. 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. 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.
Stoler shows that hybridization took place at the personal, quotidian level, where the Europeans interacted actively with the natives, csrnal in the economic arena, where impoverished Europeans were forced to compete with locals for a good living in ‘their’ colonies.
Stoler mentions her intent to focus on purported racisms, and her intent to focus on the cultural framing of political categories in the style of Edward Said.
She relies repeatedly on worlds like quotidian and metropole, giving each chapter a sense of redundancy. The beauty of the English rose colonial pretensions rapidly wilts in the face of harsh reality in the colonies. Stoler relies heavily on notions of Foucauldian biopolitics for the theoretical basis of her work. Marie rated it really liked it Jan 13, My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Selected pages Title Page. Drawing on research from the s stloer the early s, Ann Stoler argues that colonization in the Dutch East Indies blurred the private and public spheres in the context of the family and the home. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Said had argued that what really matters has nothing to do with marginalization, rather it has to do with accepting his metaphor of the Middle East and the West as a sexual one which objectifies the Middle East.
Open Preview See a Problem? Specifically, it does not counter her unrelated vilification of France, the United States, and Israel and it conflates history with political thought. Seb rated it really liked it Mar 09, Study, understanding, knowledge, evaluation, masked as blandishments to “harmony”, are instruments of conquest.
Her theorization is profound and imperila wide implications and is certainly extremely Foucauldian and the research that she did to write this goes way beyond impressive.