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

A great deal of theory woven in and some unusual insight that contrasts with previous thought on sexuality among colonizers and native women. Contending that social classification is not poweg benign cultural act but a potent political one, Stoler shows that matters of the intimate were absolutely central to imperial politics.

Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule.

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. Return to Book Page.

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

Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. The Orient has always been sexed and sexualized as a woman, perhaps most memorably in the harems of One Thousand and One Nights. Refresh and try again.

White workers would see the benefit of racist policies and cultural practices: Iperial removes herself too much from the writing of history in so doing. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


The writing is scholarly and a I found it a bit difficult to engage with her style in the early chapters. Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective. Megan rated it it was amazing Sep 09, In the preface, she singles out the countries which have recently cxrnal under scrutiny by the UN and public opinion, as opposed to countries who had occupied more territory and may have been harsher colonizers.

Nevertheless in the history sections, she writes convincingly. Paperbackpages. She argues that in a comparative frame, the state often categorized people using taxonomies for mnemonic purposes.

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Joo Ok rated it really liked it May 14, In chapter two, Stoler focuses on post-colonialist theory. Jun 04, Brandy rated it it was ok Shelves: The books reads like a literature review of scholarly work on European colonialism and the organization of intimate relations during the 18thth century. Rannald Sim rated it it was amazing Mar 23, The more nationalism prevalent and the more perceived opportunities and benevolence the state offered, the less likely rebellion was to occur.

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.

Jan 18, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Stoler leaves out a good deal of the global context. 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 what they are. Their sparse wtoler 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 to.


Mar 12, Lisa rated it liked it. Ma Hla May hardly seems attractive to Flory.

Nevertheless, she focuses too much on colonialism in a global field in her preface. Seb rated it really liked it Mar 09, Stoler’s “Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power” is less one monograph than several essays put together as chapters. 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 sholer postmodern discovery.

Powef 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.

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. Open Preview See a Problem? In that chapter, Stoler presents oral histories gathered from former Indonesian servants of Dutch colonizers. In chapter five, Stoler focuses on the domesticating strategies of empire.

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