Empires and Boundaries: Rethinking Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial Settings is an exciting collection of original essays exploring the meaning and existence of conflicting and coexisting hierarchies in colonial settings. With investigations into the colonial past of a diversity of regions – including South Asia, South-East Asia, and Africa – the dozen notable international scholars collected here offer a truly inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the structures and workings of power in British, French, Dutch, German, and Italian colonial contexts.
Integrating a historical approach with perspectives and theoretical tools specific to disciplines such as social anthropology, literary and film studies, and gender studies, Empires and Boundaries: Rethinking Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial Settings, is a striking and ambitious contribution to the scholarship of imperialism and post-colonialism and an essential read for anyone interested in the revolution being undergone in these fields of study.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction: Empires, Boundaries and the Production of Difference. Harald Fischer-Tiné and Susanne Gerhmann. 2. "Education for Work" in Colony and Metropole: The Case of Imperial Germany, c. 1880-1914. Sebastian Conrad. 3. Hierarchies of Punishment in Colonial India: European Convicts and the Racial Dividend (c. 1860-1890). Harald Fischer-Tiné. 4. Boundaries of Race: Representations of Indisch in Colonial Indonesia Revisited. Vincent J.H. Houben. 5. Contested Boundaries of Whiteness: Public Service Recruitment and the Eurasian and Anglo-Indian Association, 1876-1901. Satoshi Mizutani. 6. Citizenship and the Politics of Difference in French Africa, 1946-60. Frederick Cooper. 7. Gendering the Colonial Enterprise: La Mère-Patrie and Maternalism in France and French Indochina. Nicola J. Cooper. 8. A Hybrid Gaze from Delacroix to Djebar: Visual Encounters and the Construction of the Female "Other" in the Colonial Discourse of Maghreb. Claudia Gronemann. 9. In the Empire’s Eyes: Africa in Italian Colonial Cinema between Imperial Fantasies and Blind Spots. Immacolata Amodeo. 10. Rationalizing the World: British Detective Stories and the Orient. Margrit Pernau. 11. African Americans in West and Central Africa in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries — Agents of European Colonial Rule? Katja Füllberg-Stolberg. 12. The Boundaries of Blackness: African American Culture and the Making of a Black Public Sphere in Colonial South Africa. Zine Magubane. Index.
Harald Fischer-Tiné is Professor of History at Jacobs University, Bremen. He holds a PhD in South Asian History from Heidelberg University (2000) and has published extensively on the social and cultural history of the British Raj and varieties of Hindu reform and Hindu nationalism in 19th and 20th century India. He is the author of Low & Licentious Europeans: White Subalternity in Colonial India (2008) and has co-edited Colonialism as Civilizing Mission (2004)