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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By introducing the issues of race, sexuality, and oower 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 experience, in which the line between the colonizers and the colonized becomes significantly blurred. This largely seems to be done not only through policy, but also gender and, Stoler adds, racial norms that control the types of intimacy that are acceptable.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Drawing on research from the s to 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.

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It’s funny how so few people write a review on this here although many have read this. Seb rated it really liked it Mar 09, Jun 04, Brandy rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Dec kmperial, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it. Thus, European women in the colonies seem to have it much worse than women back in Europe for they are being used as emblems of colonial laws but at the same time being blamed for being knowledg they are. The individual chapters recycle a basis theme, but the theme is worth considering: The entire scene of sexual intercourse together with the attendant shame which Flory experiences strongly suggests the link between sexual and imperial domination.

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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. Each chapter focuses on a different element of intimate life in the colonies.

It is Foucauldian in outlook while still being critical of some of Foucault’s points or observations. Basing her arguments on generalizations and including information about countries involved in contemporary Drawing on research from the s to 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. Oct 12, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: In chapter five, Stoler focuses on the domesticating strategies of empire.

Contending that social classification is not a benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that Knowlecge writes about how the inclusion of empire in the study of sexuality knowledfe racism can lead to a changed perception of how we view the history of European racism.

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Sometimes repetitive, but well-researched and well-written. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Trivia About Carnal Knowledge Mollie Pepper rated it it was amazing Feb 03, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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

She does not go into detail about the roles women played in the various European cultures and she does not go into detail about the emerging ideology of feminism. Return to Book Page. I hope one day I can write a book like this woman. The writing is scholarly and a I found it a bit difficult to engage with her style in the early chapters. In chapter three, Stoler places gender-specific sexual sanctions and prohibitions as something at the heart of the imperial agenda.

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Another reading for my Europe and the World course. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. She questions colonizer colonized relationships, especially in the realm of the intimate. Nevertheless in the history sections, she writes convincingly.

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

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 ‘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. Jenessa Gerber rated it really liked it Nov 10, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

At the same time, she engages with cutting-edge discussions advanced by postcolonial theorists in recent years.

She removes herself too knosledge from the writing of history in so doing. Part of this disillusionment is with the Oriental woman, the fantasy of which is dispelled. 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.

In the epilogue, Stoler re-contextualizes her argument. Of course, she does not mention German colonialism which may or may not have employed eugenics. Nevertheless, she focuses too much on colonialism in a global field in her preface.

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