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Race and the education of desire
Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality has been one of the most influential books of the last two decades. It has had an enormous impact on cultural studies and work across many disciplines on
Colonial archives and the arts of governance
Anthropologists engaged in post-colonial studies are increasingly adopting an historical perspective and using archives. Yet their archival activity tends to remain more an extractive than an
Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times
How do colonial histories matter to the urgencies and conditions of our current world? How have those histories so often been rendered as leftovers, as "legacies" of a dead past rather than as active
Imperial Debris: Reflections on Ruins and Ruination
In this article, I look at “imperial formations” rather than at empire per se to register the ongoing quality of processes of decimation, displacement, and reclamation. Imperial formations are
making empire respectable: the politics of race and sexual morality in 20th‐century colonial cultures
With sustained challenges to European rule in African and Asian colonies in the early 20th century, sexual prescriptions by class, race and gender became increasingly central to the politics of rule
Rethinking Colonial Categories: European Communities and the Boundaries of Rule
  • A. Stoler
  • History
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 1 January 1989
In 1945, Bronislaw Malinowski urged anthropology to abandon what he called its “one-column entries” on African societies and to study instead the “no-man's land of change,” to attend to the
Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979
Over the last century, North Sumatra has been the site of one of the most intensive and successful pursuits of foreign agricultural enterprise of any developing country. Colonial expansion by
Tense and tender ties: the politics of comparison in North American history and (post) colonial studies.
  • A. Stoler
  • Sociology, History
    Journal of American history
  • 1 December 2001
TLDR
This essay takes as its subject two distinctive historiographies that both address how intimate domains-sex, sentiment, domestic arrangement, and child rearing-figure in the making of racial categories and in the management of imperial rule are addressed.
Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers: European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusions in Colonial Southeast Asia
  • A. Stoler
  • History
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 1 July 1992
This essay is concerned with the construction of colonial categories and national identities and with those people who ambiguously straddled, crossed, and threatened these imperial divides.1 It
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