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Intimate Empires

Body, Race, and Gender in the Modern World

Tracey Rizzo and Steven Gerontakis

Publication Date - January 2016

ISBN: 9780199978342

424 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $54.95

Synthesizes the most current scholarship on gender, race, and sexuality in the age of European empires

Description

Intimate Empires: Body, Race, and Gender in the Modern World offers an interpretive synthesis of recent scholarship on intersections of gender, race, and empire from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. It untangles the embodied experiences and representations of people all over the world in the era of Europe's global dominance. Studies of intimate experiences complicate narratives of imperialism that have traditionally revolved around political and economic developments and thus obscured the ways in which ordinary people ignored, survived, co-opted, or even subverted imperialists and their institutions. The book discusses the development and coproduction of metropolitan and colonial identities alike, incorporating art, children's literature, cookbooks, and sport in addition to migration, missionary work, and legal trials. Organized thematically, each of the six chapters moves from the mid-eighteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries to unfold an aspect of identity.

About the Author(s)

Tracey Rizzo is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Steven Gerontakis is an instructor of History at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Reviews

"In an engagingly written narrative, Intimate Empires presents a complex and absorbing analysis of the intersections of gender, race, class, and empire from the mid-eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries. Combining fascinating vignettes with cutting-edge scholarship, the book focuses on the embodied experiences of the men, women, and children-both colonizer and colonized-living lives profoundly shaped by empire. This clearly organized text demonstrates the socially constructed nature of social categories and identities, examining them within multiple shifting colonial contexts."--Carolyn J. Eichner, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

"At last instructors in modern empire studies have a textbook that fully incorporates the insights of gender studies, paying full attention to both masculinities and femininities. By focusing on the body, Rizzo and Gerontakis make essential connections between race, gender, and colonialism, while their vignettes powerfully demonstrate the many ways that bodies challenged and even subverted unequal power relations."--Jane Samson, University of Alberta

"Intimate Empires offers a fascinating interpretive overview of recent thinking on gender, race, and empire through deep analysis of images as evidence. Its visual thematic approach, emphasizing identity formation in six critical domains, makes the volume student friendly but also engages scholars in multiple disciplines. It is unique in a crowded field."--Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    Acknowledgments
    Maps

    Introduction
    Imperialism: An Overview
    Coverage
    Historiography
    Legacy of Empire

    Chapter One: The Gender of Empire: Masculinities
    Vignette: James Cook of Britain and the Pacific
    Interracial Sex
    Empire as Playground
    Taming the Frontiers
    Transgressing Boundaries
    Imperial Men
    Social Darwinism
    Making Boys into Men
    Turning Men into Colonists
    Warriors
    Western Militaries
    Martial Races
    Colonial Militaries
    Colonized Masses
    Slaves
    Laborers
    Colonized Elites
    Horizontal Alliances
    Subalterns
    Bridging the Divide
    International Sports
    Anti-Imperialism
    Conclusion

    Chapter Two: The Gender of Empire: Femininities
    Vignette: Ahyssa of Senegal and Saint-Dominigue
    Virtue in Cross-Cultural Contexts
    East versus West
    Melodramas
    Interracial Romance
    Colonized Women
    Slaves
    Prostitutes
    Indentured Servants
    The Colonial Household
    Settling
    Managing
    Children
    Independent Women
    Nurses and Teachers
    Travelers and Collectors
    Pleasure Seekers
    Feminism
    Trans-Pacific
    All-India
    Pan-Islamic
    Conclusion

    Chapter Three: The Institutions of Empire
    Vignette: Emily Ruete of Zanzibar and Germany
    Global Christianity
    Missions
    Converts
    Organizations
    Schools
    Early Childhood Education
    Curriculum
    Teachers
    Boarding Schools
    Achieving Status
    Political Culture
    Citizenship
    Combatting Hybridity
    Voluntary Segregation
    Legal Segregation
    Separatist Movements
    Conclusion

    Chapter Four: The Artifacts of Empire
    Vignette: Mata Hari of Indonesia and Paris
    Collectibles
    Furnishings in the Metropole
    Furnishings in the Colonies
    Pets
    Wearables
    Clothing in the Metropole
    Clothing in the Colonies
    Cosmetics
    Edibles
    Foods
    Drink
    Spectacle
    People as Objects of Study
    Circuses, Fairs, and Expositions
    Western Art
    Painting
    Performing Arts
    Exotic Erotica
    Postcards
    Ancient Texts
    Scientific Texts
    Conclusion

    Chapter Five: The Race of Empire
    Vignette: Olaudah Equiano of Nigeria and London
    Perfectibility
    Theories of Progress
    Race, Climate, and Evolution
    Altered Bodies
    Body Marking
    Foot Binding
    Witchcraft
    Yoga
    Managing Reproduction
    Infanticide
    Abortion
    Contraception
    Sterilization
    Immigration
    Managing Illness and Health
    Treating the Body
    Treating the Baby
    Treating the Mind
    Managing Sexuality
    Gender Variance
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Antimasturbation Campaigns
    Female Circumcision
    Conclusion

    Chapter Six: The End of Empire
    Vignette: Toussaint Louverture of Haiti and France
    Contained Conflicts
    Early Revolutions
    Failed Insurrections
    Millenarianism
    Mass Movements
    Liberal Nationalism
    Marxism
    Civil Disobedience
    Transfers of Power
    European Militaries
    Japanese-Sponsored Forces
    Independence Armies
    Ending Settler Colonies
    British Kenya
    French Algeria
    Postcolonialism?
    Non-Alignment
    United Nations
    Westoxification
    Conclusion

    Conclusion

    Glossary
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Credits
    Index

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