A glitch in child sleeping patterns, and unemployment, means I’ve had a lot more time to think (and rethink) and of late get to read. So much so, that I now buy books and there is a chance I’ll get to them, and the ones on my device get read too. Mostly. here is one I am deffo gonna read (it) later:
Part I. Concept Work: Fragilities and Filiations
1. Critical Incisions: On Concept Work and Colonial Recursions 3
2. Raw Cuts: Palestine, Israel, and (Post)Colonial Studies 37
3. A Deadly Embrace: Of Colony and Camp 68
4. Colonial Aphasia: Disabled histories and Race in France 122
Part II. Recursions in a Colonial Mode
5. On Degrees of Imperial Sovereignty 173
6. Reason Aside: Enlightenment Precepts and Empire’s Security Regimes 205
7. Racial Regimes of Truth 237
Part III. “The Rot Remains”
8. Racist Visions and the Common Sense of France’s “Extreme” Right 269
9. Bodily Exposures: Beyond Sex? 305
10. Imperial Debris and Ruination 336
DescriptionHow 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 and violating forces in the world today? With precision and clarity, Ann Laura Stoler argues that recognizing “colonial presence” may have as much to do with how the connections between colonial histories and the present are expected to look as it does with how they are expected to be. In Duress, Stoler considers what methodological renovations might serve to write histories that yield neither to smooth continuities nor to abrupt epochal breaks. Capturing the uneven, recursive qualities of the visions and practices that imperial formations have animated, Stoler works through a set of conceptual and concrete reconsiderations that locate the political effects and practices that imperial projects produce: occluded histories, gradated sovereignties, affective security regimes, “new” racisms, bodily exposures, active debris, and carceral archipelagos of colony and camp that carve out the distribution of inequities and deep fault lines of duress today.
About The Author(s)Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research and the author and editor of many books, including Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination and Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexualityand the Colonial Order of Things, both also published by Duke University Press.