A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial by Nancy Rose Hunt PDF

By Nancy Rose Hunt

ISBN-10: 0822359464

ISBN-13: 9780822359463

ISBN-10: 0822359650

ISBN-13: 9780822359654

In A anxious State, Nancy Rose Hunt considers the afterlives of violence and damage in King Leopold’s Congo unfastened country. Discarding disaster as narrative shape, she as a substitute brings alive a heritage of colonial anxiety. This temper suffused scientific investigations, safeguard operations, and vernacular therapeutic pursuits. With a heuristic of 2 colonial states—one "nervous," one biopolitical—the research alternates among clinical examine into birthrates, gonorrhea, and childlessness and the securitization of subaltern "therapeutic insurgencies." by the point of Belgian Congo’s famed postwar developmentalist schemes, a shining infertility health facility stood close to a bleak penal colony, either sited the place a infamous Leopoldian rubber corporation as soon as enabled rape and mutilation. Hunt’s background bursts with layers of perceptibility and track, conveying daily surfaces and daydreams of subalterns and colonials alike. Congolese persevered and kept away from compelled hard work and scientific and defense screening. Quick-witted, they stirred unease via therapeutic, ask yourself, reminiscence, and dance. This capacious clinical background sheds mild on Congolese sexual and musical economies, on practices of distraction, urbanity, and hedonism. Drawing on theoretical innovations from Georges Canguilhem, Georges Balandier, and Gaston Bachelard, Hunt presents a daring new framework for teasing out the complexities of colonial history.

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