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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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?
She relies repeatedly on worlds like The books reads like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the knowlecge century.
Thus Stoler argues that taxonomic, community-based, and gendered orientations shaped the way the Dutch and other empires saw the natives. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The individual chapters recycle a basis theme, but the theme is worth considering: 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.
Again, she does not use specific examples from all the global powers of this time period. Praise for the first edition of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. This vision of the empire is comic and apt because the Empire does have many illnesses, albeit not of a physical but moral nature.
By broadening her scope too much in the preface, she leaves out the untold histories of those not involved in the Dutch colonization of the East Indies. In chapter three, Stoler places gender-specific sexual sanctions and prohibitions as something at the heart of the imperial agenda. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 d Stoler’s “Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power” is less one monograph than several essays put together as chapters.
A great deal of theory woven in and some unusual insight that contrasts with previous thought on sexuality among colonizers and native women. Planters would benefit from an ideology that justified worker exploitation and separation of peoples into mutually antagonistic classes — covering up any possibility of worker unity. The beauty of the English rose colonial pretensions rapidly wilts in the face of harsh reality in the colonies.
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
They were not afraid of being intimate with those that they sometimes fought against or oppressed or employed or married. Skip to toolbar Blog. These women also tend to not have a choice when being sent to the colonies to be married off, as Elizabeth in Burmese Dayshaving to choose living a life of relative poverty in Europe or being the savior-scapegoat of Empire.
She questions colonizer colonized relationships, especially in the realm of the intimate. Seb rated it really liked it Mar 09, 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.
Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective.
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule by Ann Laura Stoler
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. Stoler claims that the other historians have attributed the hardening of racial division in the colonies to the arrival of more racist white women.
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.
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.
She mentions the importance of state interest in harnessing sentiment. First of all, I disagree with Stoler, and find that the sexual domination of Oriental women is far from merely symbolic. Jun 04, Brandy rated it it was ok Shelves: Her theorization is profound and has wide implications and is certainly extremely Foucauldi This is a damn good book. 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.
Account Options Sign in. Dec 20, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it. At the same time, she engages with cutting-edge discussions advanced by postcolonial theorists in recent years.
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As with the natural ,nowledge of Burma, Orwell sets up a contrast between the knowledg of fantasy against experience of reality. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Stoler shows how the Dutch state sought to control its colonial territory by constructing images of legitimacy for itself and for Sumatra’s plantation belt called ‘Deli.
These include skin color and shared characteristics.
Megan rated it it was amazing Sep 09, Mollie Pepper rated it it was amazing Feb 03, In chapter five, Stoler focuses on the domesticating strategies of empire. Trivia About Carnal Knowledge Mar 12, Lisa rated it liked 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? 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.
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Another reading for my Europe and the World course. It Carhal, 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?
Rannald Sim rated it it was amazing Mar 23, What Stoler insists, however, is that this sexual domination is of more symbolic than pragmatic significance.
Stoler leaves out a good deal of the global context.