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Prostitution and the Ends of Empire: Scale, Governmentalities, and Interwar India

Legg, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0822357593 / ISBN 13: 9780822357599
Editorial: Duke Univ Pr, 2014
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304 pages. 9.50x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. N° de ref. de la librería __0822357593

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Título: Prostitution and the Ends of Empire: Scale, ...

Editorial: Duke Univ Pr

Año de publicación: 2014

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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"Legg opens up the constitution of state/civil society, province/nation, international/national, and metropole/periphery.....Nimbly moving through a range of literatures, archives, and materials in a way that is itself multiply scaled, Prostitution and the Ends of Empire offers insights for scholars across disciplines." -- Tara Suri * H-Law * "The fabric Legg weaves is indeed rich, and accessible to many different readerships, all of which will benefit from the important work undertaken here." -- Jessica Namakkal * Journal of International and Global Studies * "Legg has produced a detailed and well-researched account of colonial governmentality offering novel insights into the relationship between the state and civil society which speaks to scholars across many disciplines." -- Amil Mohanan * Social & Cultural Geography * "[T]his book sheds new light onto still occluded areas and evokes productive questions that reach beyond the specific areas and topics under discussion." -- Lesley A. Hall * Canadian Journal of History * "[A] smart and original contribution to the expansive literature on colonialism and prostitution.... Legg's efforts to interweave archival and theoretical insights-to write across scales-makes Prostitution and the Ends of Empire a bold, exciting and ambitious project." -- Renisa Mawani * Pacific Affairs * "This book is crisp and compelling and will be read with interest by those studying colonial South Asia, the regulation of sexuality, governmentality, scale, and empire, among others....Legg convincingly and provocatively argues for a study of empire that reveals its `nodes of violence, fragility, contradiction, and complexity' (p.38), and that in this case this included a scale-inflected shaming of sex workers and deployment of scandal to defend empire and intervention, even as these interventions deepened the suffering of many women." -- Sara Smith * Journal of Historical Geography * "This is an important book, one that refuses to accept the sexual contours of prostitution in the context of empire and insists instead on the legislative, spatial, judicial, disciplinary, and narrative aspects of colonial preoccupation with Indian morality.... The scalar reading the book employs is an elegant formulation of the need to consider the multiple trajectories of nation, city, gender, agency, and governance not only through the dualities of the colonial relationship between England and India but also within the expanded scope of the interwar period in Europe and Asia." -- Harleen Singh * American Historical Review * "Stephen Legg's Prostitution and the Ends of Empire excels in providing an insightful analysis of how the 'brothel' in colonial India, once tolerated for its alleged socially useful fringe benefits, became during the interwar period the target of an extensive campaign for abolition. Legg is at his best in the meticulous care with which he charts the roles and motivations of a wide variety of civil society actors-individuals, institutions, and organizations-who were important players, alongside the colonial state, in this interwar shift, including the policy of the forced removal of public 'prostitutes' out of the city in Delhi, from places like Chowri Bazar and Ajmere Gate Bazar, to marginal locations. With the skills of a geographer, Legg tacks nimbly between the space of the brothel itself and the interlocking scales of the urban, provincial, national, imperial, and international that framed it as a problem. This smart and thoroughly researched book will be welcomed by students of colonial urbanism, of sexuality, and of transational methodologies in the study of India." -- Mrinalini Sinha, author of * Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire * "Prostitution and the Ends of Empire deftly reveals that the attack on the brothel in interwar Delhi was more than just a city-specific act, but rather demonstrated the power of international, imperial, and local networks. Using Foucault's and Agamben's work, Stephen Legg persuasively shows the reimagining of the brothel as a space of danger that required its suppression. Legg's use of scalar analysis is carefully constructed and brilliantly conclusive. This is an important and original reading of colonial prostitution." -- Philippa Levine, author of * Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire *

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