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

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
Author: Ann Laura Stoler
ISBN 13: 9780520262461
ISBN 10: 520262468
Edition: With a New Preface
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $34.95

Praise for the first edition of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power:

"Comprehensive, erudite, and compelling."—Journal of Modern History

"Stoler presents a groundbreaking work that emanates from her empirical investigations of the European colonial experiences in Asia of the 19th and early 20th centuries. At the same time, she engages with cutting-edge discussions advanced by postcolonial theorists in recent years. 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 experience, in which the line between the colonizers and the colonized becomes significantly blurred. 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. 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. An eye-opening book. . .. Highly recommended."—Choice

"Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power is a compelling text, its dense analysis made accessible and almost visceral by the historical ethnography and scholarly detail. . .the book offers a rich and intricate account of the imperial project at work and strikes a difficult balance between theory, history, and ethnography in its analysis."—Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Doris Sommer

This new book brings our collective agenda forward with a degree of maturity and flexibility that makes narrow academic preferences both unnecessary and misleading.