Download e-book for iPad: A Colonial Lexicon: Of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and by Nancy Rose Hunt

By Nancy Rose Hunt

ISBN-10: 0822323664

ISBN-13: 9780822323662

A Colonial Lexicon is the 1st ancient research of ways childbirth grew to become medicalized in Africa. Rejecting the “colonial come across” paradigm pervasive in present reports, 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 shaped the hybrid social international of colonialism and its aftermath in Mobutu’s Zaire.
Relying on archival learn in England and Belgium, in addition to fieldwork within the Congo, Hunt reconstructs an ethnographic historical past of a distant British Baptist undertaking suffering to outlive less than 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 replica in rituals of manhood, she indicates how the arriving of the quick and glossy ushered in novel productions of gender, noticeable both within the pressured exertions of street development 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 medication geared toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial matters. interesting tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and eu cannibalism display that way of life within the venture, on plantations, and below a strongly Catholic colonial kingdom used to be by no means rather what it appeared. In a global the place everybody used to be 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 events, Hunt strikes directly to talk 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 historical past, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical historical past, faith, and women’s and cultural studies.

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