By Nancy Rose Hunt
Relying on archival study in England and Belgium, in addition to fieldwork within the Congo, Hunt reconstructs an ethnographic heritage of a distant British Baptist project suffering to outlive less than the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo loose nation, the hyper-hygienic, pronatalist Belgian Congo, and Mobutu’s Zaire. After exploring the roots of social copy in rituals of manhood, she exhibits how the coming of the quick and sleek ushered in novel productions of gender, noticeable both within the pressured hard work of street building and the medicalization of childbirth. Hunt specializes in a particularly interwar modernity, the place the rate of airplanes and bicycles correlated with a brand new, cellular drugs geared toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial topics. interesting tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and ecu cannibalism exhibit that lifestyle within the project, on plantations, and less than a strongly Catholic colonial nation was once by no means really what it appeared. In an international the place every person used to be residing in translation, privileged entry to new gadgets and applied sciences allowed a category of “colonial heart figures”—particularly academics, 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 bright international of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut consciousness to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African heritage, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical heritage, 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