Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, Jan 25, 2010 - History - 336 pages
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Along the Archival Grain offers a unique methodological and analytic opening to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content of archival forms. In a series of nuanced mediations on the nature of colonial documents from the nineteenth-century Netherlands Indies, Ann Laura Stoler identifies the social epistemologies that guided perception and practice, revealing the problematic racial ontologies of that confused epistemic space.

Navigating familiar and extraordinary paths through the lettered lives of those who ruled, she seizes on moments when common sense failed and prevailing categories no longer seemed to work. She asks not what colonial agents knew, but what happened when what they thought they knew they found they did not. Rejecting the notion that archival labor be approached as an extractive enterprise, Stoler sets her sights on archival production as a consequential act of governance, as a field of force with violent effect, and not least as a vivid space to do ethnography.

  

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Review: Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense

User Review  - Michael Chornesky - Goodreads

A fascinating dig into the intricacies, frustrations, and nuances of archival research and a meditation on considering the frame of mind of the sources before using them to reach conclusions ... Read full review

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User Review  - Abby Brown - Goodreads

Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense by Ann Laura Stoler was published in 2009. It might be useful to deconstruct the title of this book to start. The first part of ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue in Two Parts
1
The Pulse of the Archive
17
Colonial Archives and Their Affective States
55
Watermarks in Colonial History
179
Appendices
279
Bibliography
287
Index
309
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About the author (2010)

Ann Laura Stoler is the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Her books include "Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power" and "Race and the Education of Desire".

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