By Nancy Rose Hunt
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 challenge suffering to outlive less than the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo unfastened kingdom, 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 short and smooth 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 aimed toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial matters. interesting tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and ecu cannibalism exhibit that lifestyle within the venture, on plantations, and below a strongly Catholic colonial nation used to be by no means particularly what it appeared. In a global the place all people 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 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 awareness to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African historical past, 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