Synopses & Reviews
A milestone in U.S. historiography, Haunted by Empire
brings postcolonial critiques to bear on North American history and draws on that history to question the analytic conventions of postcolonial studies. The contributors to this innovative collection examine the critical role of andldquo;domains of the intimateandrdquo; in the consolidation of colonial power. They demonstrate how the categories of difference underlying colonialismandmdash;the distinctions advanced as the justification for the colonizerandrsquo;s rule of the colonizedandmdash;were enacted and reinforced in intimate realms from the bedroom to the classroom to the medical examining room. Together the essays focus attention on the politics of comparisonandmdash;on how colonizers differentiated one group or set of behaviors from anotherandmdash;and on the circulation of knowledge and ideologies within and between imperial projects. Ultimately, this collection forces a rethinking of what historians choose to compare and of the epistemological grounds on which those choices are based.
Haunted by Empire includes Ann Laura Stolerandrsquo;s seminal essay andldquo;Tense and Tender Tiesandrdquo; as well as her bold introduction, which carves out the exciting new analytic and methodological ground animated by this comparative venture. The contributors engage in a lively cross-disciplinary conversation, drawing on history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, and public health. They address such topics as the regulation of Hindu marriages and gay sexuality in the early-twentieth-century United States; the framing of multiple-choice intelligence tests; the deeply entangled histories of Asian, African, and native peoples in the Americas; the racial categorizations used in the 1890 U.S. census; and the politics of race and space in French colonial New Orleans. Linda Gordon, Catherine Hall, and Nancy F. Cott each provide a concluding essay reflecting on the innovations and implications of the arguments advanced in Haunted by Empire.
Contributors. Warwick Anderson, Laura Briggs, Kathleen Brown, Nancy F. Cott, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Linda Gordon, Catherine Hall, Martha Hodes, Paul A. Kramer, Lisa Lowe, Tiya Miles, Gwenn A. Miller, Emily S. Rosenberg, Damon Salesa, Nayan Shah, Alexandra Minna Stern, Ann Laura Stoler, Laura Wexler
Brings postcolonial critiques to bear on North American history and draws on that history to question the analytic conventions of postcolonial studies. This work examines the critical role of "domains of the intimate" in the consolidation of colonial power.
A groundbreaking interdisciplinary collection that rethinks the connection between the intimate and United States colonial and postcolonial histories.
About the Author
Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies and Chair of the Anthropology Department at The New School for Social Research. She is the author of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule and Race and the Education of Desire: Foucaultandrsquo;s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (also published by Duke University Press), and a coeditor of Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World.
Table of Contents
1. Intimidations of Empire: Predicaments of the Tactile and Unseen / Ann Laura Stoler 1
2. Tense and Tender Ties: The Politics of Comparison in North American History and (Post) Colonial Studies / Ann Laura Stoler 23
Convergence and Comparison
3. Samoaandrsquo;s Half-Castes and Some Frontiers of Comparison / Damon Salesa 71
4. States of Hygiene: Race andldquo;Improvementandrdquo; and Biomedical Citizenship in Australia and the Colonial Philippines / Warwick Anderson 94
5. Adjudicating Intimacies on U.S. Frontiers / Nayan Shah 116
6. Proper Caresses and Prudent Distance: A How-To Manual from Colonial Louisiana / Shannon Lee Dawdy 140
7. andldquo;His Kingdon for a Kissandrdquo;: Indians and Intimacy in the Narrative of John Marrant / Tiya Miles 163
Proximities of Power
8. The Intimacies of Four Continents / Lisa Lowe 191
9. Body Work in the Antebellum United States / Kathleen Brown 213
10. Fractions and Fictions in the United States Census of 1890 / Martha Hodes 240
11. The Fair Ensemble: Kate Chopin in St. Louis in 1904 / Laura Wexler 271
12. andldquo;The Perfect Mistress of Russian Economyandrdquo;: Sighting the Intimate on a Colonial Alaskan Terrain, 1784andndash;1821 / Gwenn A. Miller 297
Circuits of Knowledge Production
13. An Empire of Tests: Psychometrics and the Paradoxes of Nationalism in the Americas / Alexandra Minna Stern 325
14. Making andldquo;Americanandrdquo; Families: Transnational Adoption and U.S. Latin American Policy / Laura Briggs 344
15. The Darkness That Enters the Home: The Politics of Prostitution during the Pilippine-American War / Paul A. Kramer 366
16. Ordering Others: U.S. Financial Advisers in the Early Twentieth Century / Emily S. Rosenberg 405
17. Internal Colonialism and Gender / Linda Gordon
18. Commentary / Catherine Hall 452
19. Afterword / Nancy F. Cott 469