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By Ann Laura Stoler

ISBN-10: 0691015783

ISBN-13: 9780691015781

Alongside the Archival Grain deals a distinct methodological and analytic starting to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content material of archival types. In a sequence of nuanced mediations at the nature of colonial files from the nineteenth-century Netherlands Indies, Ann Laura Stoler identifies the social epistemologies that guided belief and perform, revealing the problematical racial ontologies of that burdened epistemic area. Navigating known and awesome paths throughout the lettered lives of these who governed, she seizes on moments whilst logic failed and winning different types not appeared to paintings. She asks now not what colonial brokers knew, yet what occurred whilst what they suggestion they knew they discovered they didn't. Rejecting the idea that archival hard work be approached as an extractive firm, Stoler units her attractions on archival creation as a consequential act of governance, as a box of strength with violent impression, and never least as a vibrant area to do ethnography.

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Greg Dening, The Death of William Gooch: A History’s Anthropology (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1995), 54. See also Nicholas Dirks, “Annals of the Archive: Ethnographic Notes on the Sources of History,” in From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures, ed. : Duke University Press, 2002), 47–65. : Heineman, 1992); Richard Price, The Convict and the Colonel (Boston: Beacon, 1998). See also Axel, esp. 1–44. ) On the nature of “documentary government,” see Keith Breckenridge’s insightful essays, “From Hubris to Chaos: The Making of the Bewsyuro and the End of Documentary Government,” “Flesh Made Words: Fingerprinting and the Archival Imperative in the Union of South Africa, 1900–1930,” paper presented at the History and African Studies Seminar, History Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2 October 2001.

31 On the use of the comparison as an instrument of statecraft, see my “Tense and Tender Ties,” in Haunted by Empire, ed. : Duke University Press, 2006), esp. 23–58. 32 Timothy Mitchell, “The Limits of the State,” American Political Science Review 85 (1991): 77–96. qxd 6/19/08 1:59 PM Page 32 32 • Chapter Two already been, back to the immediate here and now out of which we have created our present knowledge of the world. That means constructing a mode of enquiry which will enable a return to fields of knowledge and activity in the hindsight of unpredicted outcomes, and which will thus enable recovering of material that investigators were not aware they were collecting.

Cornell University, 1955. 50 Compare, for example, A. van Delden’s “Nota’s over de Inlandsche kinderen” from 1872 and the published reports of the European Pauperism Commission in 1901–1902. 51 On the “patent and latent” attributes of racial assessments, see my “Racial Histories and their Regimes of Truth,” Political Power and Social Theory 11 (1997): 183–206. 52 Paul Rabinow, Anthropos Today: Reflections on Modern Equipment (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), 41–42. qxd 6/19/08 1:59 PM Page 38 38 • Chapter Two familiar—or discordant and strange.

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