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Purifying Empire

Heath, Deana:
Purifying empire : obscenity and the politics of moral regulation in Britain, India and Australia / Deana Heath. - New York [u.a.] : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010. - VI, 238 S.
ISBN 978-0-521-19435-8
£ 55,00
DDC: 363.47

Purifying Empire explores the material, cultural and moral fragmentation of the boundaries of imperial and colonial rule in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It charts how a particular bio-political project, namely the drive to regulate the obscene in late nineteenth-century Britain, was transformed from a national into a global and imperial venture and then re-localized in two different colonial contexts, India and Australia, to serve decidedly different ends. While a considerable body of work has demonstrated both the role of empire in shaping moral regulatory projects in Britain and their adaptation, transformation and, at times, rejection in colonial contexts, this book illustrates that it is in fact only through a comparative and transnational framework that it is possible to elucidate both the temporalist nature of colonialism and the political, racial and moral contradictions that sustained imperial and colonial regimes. [Verlagsinformation|

Introduction: books, boundaries and Britishness. 1
1. Colonialism and governmentality. 8
2. From sovereignty to governmentality: the emergence of obscenity regulation as a biopolitical project in Britain. 35
3. Globalizing the local: imperial hygiene and the regulation of the obscene. 65
4. Localizing the global in settler societies: regulating the obscene in Australia. 93
5. Localizing the global in exploitation colonies: regulating the obscene in India. 148
Conclusion: retangling empire, nation, colony and globe. 206
Bibliography. 214
Index. 237

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