By Nancy Rose Hunt
Relying on archival examine in England and Belgium, in addition to fieldwork within the Congo, Hunt reconstructs an ethnographic background of a distant British Baptist project suffering to outlive below the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo unfastened country, the hyper-hygienic, pronatalist Belgian Congo, and Mobutu’s Zaire. After exploring the roots of social copy in rituals of manhood, she indicates how the coming of the short and smooth ushered in novel productions of gender, visible both within the pressured hard work of street development and the medicalization of childbirth. Hunt specializes in a in particular interwar modernity, the place the rate of airplanes and bicycles correlated with a brand new, cellular medication geared toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial matters. attention-grabbing tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and eu cannibalism display that way of life within the undertaking, on plantations, and lower than a strongly Catholic colonial country used to be by no means fairly what it appeared. In a global the place every person was once residing in translation, privileged entry to new items and applied sciences allowed a category of “colonial heart figures”—particularly lecturers, nurses, and midwives—to mediate the evolving hybridity of Congolese society. effectively blurring traditional differences among precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial occasions, Hunt strikes directly to speak about the unforeseen presence of colonial fragments within the vivid international of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut consciousness to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African background, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical background, faith, and women’s and cultural studies.
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A Colonial Lexicon: Of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and Mobility in the Congo (Body, Commodity, Text) by Nancy Rose Hunt