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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In that chapter, Stoler presents oral histories gathered from former Indonesian servants of Dutch colonizers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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University of California Press- Social Science – pages. They sought to dominate and they did.

Imlerial 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 knowleege and the colonized becomes significantly blurred.

Refresh and try again. Carlin rated it really liked it Jun 13, Her approach is to look from the top downlooking at laws and official statements in order to interpret how things were changing on the ground.


She mentions the importance of state interest in harnessing sentiment. White workers would see the benefit of racist policies and cultural practices: Knowlefge question that remains is to what extent it matters how subjects understood and interpreted the actions of regimes based on biopower. Jul 21, Rachael Rose added it Shelves: I hope one day I can write a book like this woman.

By singling out some countries and not mentioning others, she stolre somewhat unfair global generalizations about colonialism and empire.

Chau rated it really liked it Oct 12, Nevertheless, she focuses too much on colonialism in a global field in her preface. It should be noted that this means that gender and race are intimately intertwined with sexuality, and that nkowledge of them are subsequently intertwined with power. Theresa rated it it was amazing May 04, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Therefore, constructing and deploying an ideology of racial supremacy was the way to do 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. While she is attributed with physical beauty, it is more of a vague and theoretical kind of beauty. Mar 12, Lisa rated it liked it.

Her acute analysis of colonial Indonesian society in the late nineteenth and early carnwl centuries yields insights that translate to a global, comparative perspective. The underlying power relation between scholar and subject matter is never once altered: Concubinage was thus denounced for undermining precisely what it was charged with fortifying decades earlier Stoler Again, she does not use specific examples from all the global powers of this time period.


Return to Book Page. Said had argued that what really matters has nothing to do with marginalization, rather knowedge has to do with accepting his metaphor of the Middle East and the West as a sexual one which objectifies the Middle East. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

Feb 12, Julia Kott rated it liked it. Jun 04, Brandy rated it it was ok Shelves: This one is more historical and substantial than her “Race and the Education of Desire. Eva Donkin rated iperial really liked it Aug 30, 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.

Nevertheless, she rejects the fixity of racial categories.