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Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things

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Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality has been one of the most influential books of the last two decades. It has had an enormous impact on cultural studies and work across many disciplines on gender, sexuality, and the body. Bringing a new set of questions to this key work, Ann Laura Stoler examines volume one of History of Sexuality in an unexplored light. She asks why t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 1995 by Duke University Press Books
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is a challenge due to its theoretical denseness. If you haven't read or not familiar with Foucault, this is not the book for you.

Stoler is a professor of anthropology and historical studies at the New School. This book is followed by Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power (2002), where she deepens her analysis of the racializaed education European children internalized while living in colonial territories

Stoler's main questions when researching this book include: why colonial bod
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academic
Theory meets history at its best? Stoler's engagement with Foucault—both critical and constructive—is exemplary and worth emulating.
Alex Hubbard
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book should have been an article. Everything relevant in it comes in the last chapter. Stoler's rethinking of Foucault is interesting but not particularly compelling, particularly because it is too drawn out. Most of her evidence comes from the Dutch East Indies, but she flippantly claims the conclusions she draws can be applied to Europe in general and the British Empire more specifically without really supporting or demonstrating that claim.

This book should have been rethought. I would r
Layla Johnston
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stoler uses Foucault's lectures on biopower, racism, and the history of sexuality as a theoretical framework for analysis of Dutch colonialism and power. While thorough for the geographical context and historical time Stoler's research specializes in, her interpretation may be less applicable for other colonial ventures, such as the colonization of N/S America. Interesting and thoughtful, though, and recommended for political theory buffs and Foucault fanatics.
Molly Garner
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those of us who find Foucault's English translation an additional burden to understanding post-colonial theory and post-modernism, Stoler makes Foucault's History of Sexuality accessible and fascinating. Stop trying to look smart by reading a dog eared copy of Discipline and Punish and skip straight to Stoler.
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: foucault-heads & those interested in colonial politics and identity
Shelves: dissndat
Stoler makes Foucault's theory on sexuality more accessible while forging the links between sexual technologies and racism that are only suggested in his work. She explicates and expands on History of Sexuality and Society Must Be Defended. Stoler's writing is clear and concise. I also recommend her later works that deal more directly with cultural anthropology in European colonies.
Alison Lafferty
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Turns out I didn't have to read this whole book for my class, only 40 pages. Oh well. I read the whole thing. This was basically everything I wanted and more out of a colonial/racial application of Foucault's History of Sexuality. However, I wish Stoler hadn't focused so much on Foucault's other seminars even though some background on them was necessary to her arguments.
Michael Mena
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Add Empire to HS1 and you got this book! Stoler does great work here.
Sep 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-for-thought
the title is pretty self-explanatory. i will only add that stoler made some of foucalt's theories more accessible and easier to understand.
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