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By Nancy Rose Hunt

A Colonial Lexicon is the 1st ancient research of the way childbirth turned medicalized in Africa. Rejecting the “colonial stumble upon” paradigm pervasive in present stories, Nancy Rose Hunt elegantly weaves jointly tales approximately autopsies and bicycles, obstetric surgical procedure and male initiation, to bare how matters approximately unusual new items and strategies shaped the hybrid social international of colonialism and its aftermath in Mobutu’s Zaire.
Relying on archival examine in England and Belgium, in addition to fieldwork within the Congo, Hunt reconstructs an ethnographic background of a distant British Baptist project suffering to outlive below the successive regimes of King Leopold II’s Congo loose kingdom, the hyper-hygienic, pronatalist Belgian Congo, and Mobutu’s Zaire. After exploring the roots of social replica in rituals of manhood, she indicates how the arriving of the quick and smooth ushered in novel productions of gender, noticeable both within the compelled exertions of highway development and the medicalization of childbirth. Hunt makes a speciality of a particularly interwar modernity, the place the rate of airplanes and bicycles correlated with a brand new, cellular medication geared toward curtailing epidemics and enumerating colonial topics. attention-grabbing tales approximately imperial masculinities, Christmas rituals, evangelical humor, colonial terror, and ecu cannibalism display that way of life within the project, on plantations, and below a strongly Catholic colonial country was once by no means fairly what it appeared. In a global the place every person was once dwelling in translation, privileged entry to new gadgets and applied sciences allowed a category of “colonial heart figures”—particularly lecturers, nurses, and midwives—to mediate the evolving hybridity of Congolese society. effectively blurring traditional differences among precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial events, Hunt strikes directly to speak about the unforeseen presence of colonial fragments within the bright global of today’s postcolonial Africa.
With its shut cognizance to semiotics in addition to sociology, A Colonial Lexiconwill curiosity experts in anthropology, African heritage, obstetrics and gynecology, scientific heritage, faith, and women’s and cultural studies.


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