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 undertaking suffering to outlive lower 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 replica in rituals of manhood, she indicates how the coming of the quick and glossy ushered in novel productions of gender, noticeable 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 medication 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 lifestyle within the venture, on plantations, and below a strongly Catholic colonial nation used to be by no means rather what it appeared. In an international the place each person was once dwelling in translation, privileged entry to new gadgets and applied sciences allowed a category of “colonial center 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 bright global of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut cognizance to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African heritage, obstetrics and gynecology, scientific historical past, 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