Nancy Rose Hunt's A Colonial Lexicon: Of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and PDF

By Nancy Rose Hunt

ISBN-10: 0822323664

ISBN-13: 9780822323662

A Colonial Lexicon is the 1st historic research of the way childbirth grew to become medicalized in Africa. Rejecting the “colonial come across” paradigm pervasive in present experiences, Nancy Rose Hunt elegantly weaves jointly tales approximately autopsies and bicycles, obstetric surgical procedure and male initiation, to bare how matters approximately unusual new gadgets and methods formed the hybrid social international of colonialism and its aftermath in Mobutu’s Zaire.
Relying on archival study 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 lower than the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo loose 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 arriving of the quick and smooth ushered in novel productions of gender, visible both within the compelled exertions of street building and the medicalization of childbirth. Hunt makes a speciality of a particularly interwar modernity, the place the rate of airplanes and bicycles correlated with a brand new, cellular drugs aimed toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial matters. attention-grabbing tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and eu cannibalism exhibit that daily life within the venture, on plantations, and lower than a strongly Catholic colonial nation was once by no means really what it appeared. In an international the place everybody used to be residing in translation, privileged entry to new items and applied sciences allowed a category of “colonial center figures”—particularly academics, nurses, and midwives—to mediate the evolving hybridity of Congolese society. effectively blurring traditional differences among precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial events, Hunt strikes directly to speak about the unforeseen presence of colonial fragments within the shiny international of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut cognizance to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African background, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical historical past, faith, and women’s and cultural studies.


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