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Narratives of Development

An Anthropological Investigation into Narratives as a Source of Enquiry in Development Planning

Taapsi Ramchandani

takes an in-depth look at some of the narratives I amassed during the course of the project. Within the context of a post-colonial, multi-ethnic society such as TT, development in thought and practice is a complex negotiation of plantation history

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Decolonizing Situations

The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Colonial Studies, 1951-2001

Frederick Cooper

When Georges Balandier published “The Colonial Situation” in 1951, colonial empires were at the heart of profound debates and struggles. By the 1970s, colonialism had been banished from the realm of legitimate forms of political organization. What remained “colonial” in world politics passed itself off as something else. The burst of scholarship on colonial societies in the 1980s and 1990s thus appears paradoxical, and so too does the lack of response and follow-up to Balandier’s brilliantly incisive article in the two decades after its appearance.

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“We Are a Traveling People”

Tourism, Travel Journalism, and the Construction of a Modern National Identity in Sweden

Emilia Ljungberg

cultures and peoples. Modernity is an essential part of this identity construction. Tourism is important in order to construct the national self as a modern identity. In Dagens Nyheter in the 1930s, the narratives about masculine aristocratic and colonial

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Intimidation, reassurance, and invisibility

Israeli security agents in the Old City of Jerusalem

Erella Grassiani and Lior Volinz

within the colonial context of Jerusalem ( Zureik 1979 , 2011 ; Reuveny 2003 ). Only by analyzing the existing colonial relationships and power dynamics between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem and thus the Old City is it possible to fully

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The Chaco Skies

A Socio-cultural History of Power Relations

Alejandro Martín López and Agustina Altman

region was seen by the Spaniards as a border area, a true ‘void’ in their domination of the land ( Wright 2003a ). The Chaco groups stood on the sidelines of direct Spanish control during the colonial period. Notwithstanding this, the arrival of Europeans

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“Tobacco! Tobacco!”

Exporting New Habits to Siberia and Russian America

Matthew P. Romaniello

tobacco exports to the Americas were produced in Ukraine or China, a regular trade with Spanish California supplied most of the colonial needs by at least the 1830s. There is even some evidence of a small supply of “Virginian” tobacco supplied by US

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Evenki Adolescents’ Identities

Negotiating the Modern and the Traditional in Educational Settings

Svetlana Huusko

—though somewhat transformed under these new conditions—continued to serve the ideological purposes of the state. Thus, the teaching of history is characterized by the domination of colonial discourse and the marginalization of the history of indigenous peoples

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Terry-Ann Jones

, arguing that they are entrenched in the social structure that developed under Portuguese colonial rule and reflect a form of internal colonialism. This article incorporates research spanning 2006 to 2014, particularly interviews conducted in 2013 with

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Of Pirates, Postcards, and Public Beheadings

The Pedagogic Execution in French Colonial Indochina

Michael G. Vann

While there is a large body of literature on violence in colonial history, most studies have looked at either the bloodshed of conquest, major revolts, or decolonization. Despite the undeniable importance of such moments in the history of empire, an over-emphasis on these events creates a punctuated narrative where violence enters the story line, rears its ugly head, and then retreats. This paper argues that a complete understanding of the colonial encounter requires us to look at the violence in the many days between the arrival of the colonizers' expeditionary forces and the final achievement of national liberation. By examining the intersection between a rebellious band of pirates, a colonial state bent on revenge, and an opportunistic postcard maker, the portrait that emerges is one of a colonial society where violence was not just commonplace but an essential technique in maintaining the colonial order. Be it in the form of criminal violence that challenged French rule, the institutionalized violence of the state execution, or the symbolic reminders of such violence in the form of cheap postcards for sale in the city streets, acts, images, and memories of colonial violence were omnipresent. Importantly, the colonial state publicized its violence, making its ability to punish known to all. This violence terrorized the conquered native population and reassured the vulnerable white community. It is only in this context that other topics in colonial history such as educational reforms, city planning, and economic development can be understood.

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Mark McKinney and Catriona MacLeod

Michel Porret, ed., Objectif bulles: Bande dessinée et histoire [‘Destination Balloons: Comics and History’]

Philippe Delisle, Bande dessinée franco-belge et imaginaire colonial: Des Années 1930 aux années 1980 [‘Franco-Belgian bande dessinée and the Colonial Imaginary: From 1930 to the 1980s’]