Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times
Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research and the author and editor of many books, including Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination and Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things, both also published by Duke University Press.
Bodily Exposures: Beyond Sex?
In the past decade colonial scholars have ably demonstrated how and why sexuality has served as key site of imperial control and colonial anxiety and as a dense transfer point of power its positioning as part of the “moral logic” of postcolonial situations, and “the colonial present,” may be less clear now. This chapter asks why this may be so and why this moment marks and demands new thinking. It argues that our understandings of “the carnal,” with an emphasis more on the sexual than “on the flesh,” have been too constricted to account for the sorts of bodily intrusions and manipulations to which designated populations have been, and continue to be, exposed.