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The Effects of Elusive Knowledge

Census, Health Laws and Inconsistently Modern Subjects in Early Colonial Vanuatu

Alexandra Widmer

In this article, I discuss two roles of documents in the creation and enforcement of public health laws in early colonial Vanuatu and their implication in colonial attempts to transform ni-Vanuatu societies and subjectivities. Colonial officials of the British-French Condominium based their projects on their admittedly partial knowledge in reports generated by experts studying depopulation. This knowledge, I argue, produced a ‘population’ by categorizing people according to their relationship with a reified notion of culture. The Condominium enforced health laws by sending letters to people categorized as Christian who would, the Condominium hoped, adhere to the regulations as self governing subjects. Officials would engage in persuasive conversations when they enforced the regulations in ‘bush’ villages. I conclude by reflecting on ni- Vanuatu knowledge of well-being and illness that could not be represented or documented and its centrality for subjectivities that might elude, if not subvert, the modern subject presumed by colonial strategies of governance.

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Bringing into View

Knowledge Fields and Sociolegal Phenomena

Narmala Halstead

judgement to overturn the two-hundred-year-old colonial law against homosexuality related to the larger gains of making this category acceptable, the reception – at the judicial level, an appeal has been launched and there are protests – ‘correlated’ to the

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Love is Love

The Recent Jason Jones Judgement in Trinidad and Tobago

Dylan Kerrigan

legal judgement upholding the challenge by Jason Jones to the nineteenth-century colonial laws in T&T that criminalise homosexual relations and same-sex loving. The judge declared that the laws contravened the T&T Constitution and an individual

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Coulthard, Glen Sean. Red Skin, White Masks

Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Elaine Coburn

’s call for engagement with colonial law as a means of challenging the colonial state’s ‘unilateral construction of our (Indigenous) rights’ (46, 45–7, 107). Although not denying the need for limited, strategic engagement with colonial political structures

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Anna Bara, Tero Mustonen, and Oxana Zemtsova

overview of a normative body consisting of ad hoc colonial laws, commercial laws, and domestic laws adapted to the Siberian context, as offered by this volume, may be seen to provide a good reference resource for scholars looking for comparative historical

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By Sentiment and By Status

Remembering and Forgetting Crémieux during the Franco-Algerian War

Jessica Hammerman

late 1940s until the mid-1950s. 20 But survival strategies quickly changed—and making claims of citizenship based on a colonial law was not an argument that worked in favor of the Jews. They had to seek out another way to justify their French belonging

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

Empire Contemporary refugee regimes in Tanzania and Kenya have emerged from overlapping legacies of colonial laws and regulatory frameworks, international and regional legislations introduced after independence, and the more recent national politics of

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Hunting for Justice

An Indigenous Critique of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

Lauren Eichler and David Baumeister

. However, the divide among tribal members about how to respond to the regulations demonstrates how colonial laws disrupt and split apart Native communities by interfering with these communities’ traditional ways of life. Third, conservation laws in

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Citizenship in religious clothing?

Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh

Nicolas Jaoul

religious or not, the memory of their political leader deserved recognition and protection by and from the state. They thus challenged the above-mentioned colonial law, still in use, that restricts the notion of communal outrage when it comes to religious

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Damaging Environments

Land, Settler Colonialism, and Security for Indigenous Peoples

Wilfrid Greaves

by subjecting them to alien standards of colonial law and morality, preventing their transmission to younger generations, and co-opting them into settler colonial decision-making processes and academic research. The result has been the discrediting of