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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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. Dec 20, Saadik Bhanbhro rated it really liked it.

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

Jan 18, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 20, Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it really liked it. This one is more historical and substantial than her “Race and the Education of Knowlrdge. In the case of concubinage, the perception is manipulated in order to justify the action of banning it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This is a damn good book.

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. Jmperial was a tool used by the state to promote empire.


Skip to toolbar Blog. She seems to bring remorse and vexation more than she does pleasure or satisfaction. 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. Also, I am really confused about where Stoler thinks the economy fits into her framework. Planters would benefit from an ideology that justified worker exploitation and separation of peoples into mutually antagonistic classes — covering up any possibility of worker unity.

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Lists with This Book. The beauty of the English rose colonial pretensions rapidly wilts in the face of harsh reality in the colonies. Oct 12, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: Stoler’s “Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power” is less one monograph than several essays put together as chapters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In that chapter, Stoler presents oral histories gathered from former Indonesian servants of Dutch colonizers.

Stoler considers governance of the intimate sphere – of sex, of marriage, of child-rearing – as a critical site for understanding race and for understanding what colonization looked at and how it was accomplished. Interesting criticism of Foucault’s “History of Sexuality”. Refresh and try again.

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. It’s funny how so few people write a review on this here although many have read this. By singling out some countries and not mentioning others, she makes somewhat unfair global generalizations about colonialism and empire.


Stoler claims that the other historians have attributed the hardening of racial division in the colonies to the arrival of more racist white women.

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

Account Options Sign in. 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 to.

Lower Pepper rated it it was amazing Feb 03, She does not mention all the specific laws, what qualified them as racist, and stloer countries promulgated racist laws.

This corresponds directly and obviously with the male sexual gaze of Oriental women. She does not relate the relationship identifications to the global context she tries to include in her preface in this chapter.

It is Foucauldian in outlook while still being critical of some of Foucault’s points or observations.

A foundational text, said my professor a couple times.