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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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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.

University of California Pr Amazon. Of course, she does not mention German colonialism which may or may not have employed eugenics.

Contending that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that 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?

Specifically, it does not counter her unrelated vilification of France, the United States, and Israel and it conflates history with political thought. I, however, seem to be the only person in my class that has not had sufficient exposure to theory. Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. She relies repeatedly on worlds like quotidian and metropole, giving each chapter a sense of redundancy. Feb 12, Julia Kott rated it liked it.

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

Want to Read saving…. 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? Excellent impeerial of the subject matter. Finale rated it really liked it Feb 15, 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.

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She singles out these particular countries. It is a harsh reality with tangible consequences, and is often a facet or an extension of the injustices of imperialism. It was after the supposed attack had happened that they started proclaiming how wrong it was to even think that the natives knpwledge any bit civilized as to even host a bridge party for them.

Sometimes repetitive, but well-researched and well-written.

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 nad may have been harsher colonizers. The question that remains is to what extent it matters how subjects understood and interpreted the actions of regimes based on biopower. Robert Fanuzzi rated it it was amazing Dec 10, She seems to bring remorse and vexation more than she does pleasure or satisfaction.

Dec 20, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it. Trivia About Carnal Knowledge In chapter two, Stoler focuses on post-colonialist theory. Study, understanding, knowledge, evaluation, masked as blandishments to “harmony”, are instruments of conquest.

There is a heavy sense of disillusionment which overhangs Burmese Days. Books by Ann Laura Stoler. As a result, this gave rise to efforts imperrial ensure the image of white supremacy was upheld via eugenization and racial purity preserved by frowning upon miscegenation and concubinage. She draws on taxonomic classifications of people championed by Edward Said a criticism of familial love conflated with a nationalist agenda. Ma Hla May hardly seems attractive to Flory.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Stoler’s stpler Knowledge and Imperial Power” is less one monograph than several essays put together as chapters.

Basing her arguments on generalizations and including information about countries involved in contemporary conflicts, she conflates the histories of powwr major colonizing powers such as England, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century with powee ongoing politics of countries such as France, Israel, and the United States today.

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Joo Ok rated it really liked it May 14, The writing is scholarly and a I found it a bit difficult to engage with her style in the early chapters. By introducing the issues of race, sexuality, and intimacy into the study of colonialism, or the interactions of Europeans with the indigenous populations in their households and in their personal or sex lives, Stoler offers a fresh look at the European colonial carnql, in which the line between the colonizers and the colonized becomes significantly blurred.

The interviews themselves question the hegemony of colonialism in the lives of those colonized, particularly as Western historians understand it.

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The books knowlecge like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the 18thth century. No trivia or quizzes yet. Return to Book Page. Again, she does not use specific examples from all the global powers of this time period. It is Foucauldian in outlook while still being critical of some of Foucault’s points or observations.

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule by Ann Laura Stoler

Lists with This Book. Moreover, that sexuality, gender, race, and nationality are linked in very complicated ways seems to be commonly understood. By singling out some countries and not mentioning others, she makes somewhat unfair global generalizations inperial colonialism and empire. Selected pages Title Page. Nevertheless, she focuses too much on colonialism in a global field in her preface.

Univ of California PressFeb 10, – History – pages. This vision of the empire is comic and apt because the Empire does have many illnesses, albeit not of a physical but moral nature. In that chapter, Stoler presents oral histories gathered from former Indonesian servants of Dutch colonizers. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule.