By Ann Laura Stoler
Alongside the Archival Grain bargains a special methodological and analytic starting to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content material of archival kinds. In a sequence of nuanced mediations at the nature of colonial records from the nineteenth-century Netherlands Indies, Ann Laura Stoler identifies the social epistemologies that guided belief and perform, revealing the troublesome racial ontologies of that pressured epistemic house. Navigating favourite and striking paths throughout the lettered lives of these who governed, she seizes on moments whilst good judgment failed and triumphing different types not looked as if it would paintings. She asks now not what colonial brokers knew, yet what occurred while what they proposal they knew they discovered they didn't. Rejecting the suggestion that archival exertions be approached as an extractive company, Stoler units her points of interest on archival creation as a consequential act of governance, as a box of strength with violent impression, and never least as a brilliant area to do ethnography.
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Stock phrases took on different political import depending on where they were placed. Contexts of relevance rapidly changed. References to the need for European nurseries might seem unremarkable in lengthy reports on education but offer striking openings to political thinking when colonial administrators obsessed over them in classiﬁed documents elsewhere: in a commission on European pauperism, in recommendations to quell creole discontent, in debates over mixed bloods “too proud” to learn manual labor.
A. van Oorschot, 1971). Prologue in Two Parts • 15 I draw on newspapers simply to show how widely state “secrets” were shared. Sometimes the borders that deﬁne the “ofﬁcial” and the “non-ofﬁcial” are hard to trace. Government civil servants wrote newspaper articles based on material culled from ofﬁcial records to which the public was not supposed to have access. Leaks soaked through and across conﬁdential missives, private letters, and the sequestered archival page. Stylistically there is overlap, as well.
See also Nicholas Dirks, “Annals of the Archive: Ethnographic Notes on the Sources of History,” in From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures, ed. : Duke University Press, 2002), 47–65. : Heineman, 1992); Richard Price, The Convict and the Colonel (Boston: Beacon, 1998). See also Axel, esp. 1–44. : Duke University Press, 2008). On the nature of “documentary government,” see Keith Breckenridge’s insightful essays, “From Hubris to Chaos: The Making of the Bewsyuro and the End of Documentary Government” and “Flesh Made Words: Fingerprinting and the Archival Imperative in the Union of South Africa, 1900–1930,” paper presented at the History and African Studies Seminar, History Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2 October 2001.
Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense by Ann Laura Stoler