Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial by Ann Laura Stoler

By Ann Laura Stoler

Along the Archival Grain bargains a special methodological and analytic beginning to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content material of archival types. In a chain 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 complicated racial ontologies of that burdened epistemic space.

Navigating accepted and striking paths in the course of the lettered lives of these who governed, she seizes on moments whilst good judgment failed and winning different types not looked as if it would paintings. She asks now not what colonial brokers knew, yet what occurred while what they suggestion they knew they discovered they didn't. Rejecting the idea that archival exertions be approached as an extractive firm, Stoler units her points of interest on archival construction as a consequential act of governance, as a box of strength with violent impression, and never least as a bright area to do ethnography.

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