Along the archival grain : epistemic anxieties and colonial common sense

Stoler, Ann Laura

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  • Creator Ann Laura Stoler
  • Format Books
  • Publication Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2009] ©2009
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 314 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780691146362, 0691146365, 9780691015781, 0691015783, 9780691015774, 0691015775
  • OCLC ocn229467497


  • 'Along the Archival Grain' examines the nature of colonial governance as seen through its archival habits and conventions, and in doing so offers a series of nuanced meditations on the nature of archives and the spirit with which students of empire should approach them.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-306) and index.


  • Prologue in two parts -- The pulse of the archive -- Colonial archives and their affective states. Habit of a colonial heart ; Developing historical negatives ; Commissions and their storied edges -- Watermarks in colonial history. Hierarchies of credibility ; Imperial dispositions of disregard -- Appendix 1. Colonial chronologies -- Appendix 2. Governors-General of the Netherlands Indies, 1830-1930
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