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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Refresh and try again. Here, we see how perceptions play such a vital role in the colonial project. Their sparse accounts defy a typical understanding of historical narrative, and their unwillingness to discuss the intimate whether for privacy or because of a genuine marking of its unimportance begs the question of who exactly intimate spaces were most important knoledge.

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These women also tend to not have a choice when being sent to carnsl 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. This vision of the empire is comic and apt because the Empire does have many illnesses, albeit not of a physical pwoer moral nature. Dec 20, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it.

Stoler writes about how the inclusion of empire in the study of sexuality and racism can lead to a changed perception of how we view the history of European racism.

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

She questions colonizer colonized relationships, especially in the realm of the intimate. Gender-specific sexual sanctions, too, were squarely at the heart of imperial knlwledge, and European supremacy knowlfdge asserted in terms of national and racial virility. 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.


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?

Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. It is Foucauldian in outlook while still being critical of some of Foucault’s points caenal observations.

She is a devastating writer – I have many pages marked with hearts by lines I love. Seb rated it really liked it Mar 09, I hope one day I can write a book like this woman. Sometimes repetitive, but well-researched and well-written. 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 carnxl colonized becomes significantly blurred.

Open Preview See a Problem? Finale rated it really liked it Feb 15, Part of this disillusionment is with the Oriental woman, the fantasy of which is dispelled. Jan 18, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Stoler considers governance of the intimate sphere – of sex, of marriage, of child-rearing – as a critical site for understanding race and varnal understanding what colonization looked at and how it was accomplished.

First of all, I disagree with Stoler, and find that the sexual domination of Oriental women is far from merely symbolic.

She draws on taxonomic classifications of people championed by Edward Said a criticism of cafnal love conflated with a nationalist agenda. University of California Pr Amazon. Praise for the first edition of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: The individual chapters recycle a basis theme, but the theme is worth considering: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


She does not relate the relationship identifications to the global context she tries to include in her preface in this chapter. Nationalism was a tool used by the state to promote empire. Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule.

Moreover, that sexuality, gender, race, and nationality are linked in very complicated ways seems to be commonly understood. Skip to toolbar Blog. Of course, she does not mention German colonialism which may or may not have employed eugenics. Selected pages Title Powwr.

Mar 12, Lisa rated it liked it. She also draws on sentiments expressed in literature. Interesting criticism of Foucault’s “History of Sexuality”.

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. In the case of concubinage, the perception is manipulated in order to justify the action of banning it. It should be noted that this means that gender and race are intimately intertwined with sexuality, and that all of them are subsequently intertwined with power.

The question that remains is to what extent it matters how subjects understood and interpreted the actions of regimes based on biopower. Stoler claims that the other historians have attributed the hardening of racial division in the colonies to the arrival of more racist white women.

Theresa rated it it was amazing May 04, Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: This corresponds directly and obviously with the male sexual gaze of Oriental women.

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