By Ann Laura Stoler

Along the Archival Grain bargains a special methodological and analytic commencing to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content material of archival varieties. In a sequence of nuanced mediations at the nature of colonial files from the nineteenth-century Netherlands Indies, Ann Laura Stoler identifies the social epistemologies that guided conception and perform, revealing the not easy racial ontologies of that pressured epistemic space.

Navigating general and striking paths in the course of the lettered lives of these who governed, she seizes on moments while logic failed and winning different types now not appeared to paintings. She asks now not what colonial brokers knew, yet what occurred whilst what they proposal they knew they discovered they didn't. Rejecting the idea that archival exertions be approached as an extractive firm, Stoler units her points of interest on archival construction as a consequential act of governance, as a box of strength with violent influence, and never least as a shiny house to do ethnography.

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