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 challenge suffering to outlive less than the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo unfastened nation, the hyper-hygienic, pronatalist Belgian Congo, and Mobutu’s Zaire. After exploring the roots of social replica in rituals of manhood, she exhibits how the arriving of the short and glossy ushered in novel productions of gender, obvious both within the compelled hard work of highway development 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 matters. attention-grabbing tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and ecu cannibalism display that way of life within the venture, on plantations, and less than a strongly Catholic colonial nation was once by no means really what it appeared. In an international the place each person used to be dwelling in translation, privileged entry to new gadgets 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 occasions, Hunt strikes directly to speak about the unforeseen presence of colonial fragments within the shiny global of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut realization 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