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By Ann Laura Stoler

Alongside the Archival Grain deals a different methodological and analytic establishing to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content material of archival varieties. In a chain 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 tricky racial ontologies of that stressed epistemic area. Navigating prevalent and outstanding paths throughout the lettered lives of these who governed, she seizes on moments whilst logic failed and triumphing different types not appeared to paintings. She asks no longer what colonial brokers knew, yet what occurred while what they inspiration they knew they discovered they didn't. Rejecting the proposal that archival exertions be approached as an extractive company, Stoler units her attractions on archival construction as a consequential act of governance, as a box of strength with violent influence, and never least as a shiny area to do ethnography.

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And trans. : Humanities, 1979), 79–91. qxd 6/19/08 1:59 PM Page 20 20 • Chapter Two making, in the fine crafts of cribbing and culling on which colonial bureaucracies so relied. In the interstices of sanctioned formulae these Netherlands Indies archives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries mark the distance between recognized and disqualified knowledge, between intelligible accounts and those deemed inappropriate for exchange. 9 Sometimes these are emergent and awkward, sometimes suspended and unfulfilled narratives within the archive’s dominant mode.

1144/2284. Department of Justice to the Governor-General, Batavia, 29 April 1873. 19 To C. Ardesche to Resident van Rees, KV, no. 317, 1848, Zeer Geheim, Exh. E, 19 March 1848. qxd 6/19/08 1:59 PM Page 28 28 • Chapter Two uncertainties about an appropriate government response that gathered around them. Similarly, classified missives on European beggars were less about what to do with the destitute than measures of disagreement and disquiet about how to racially classify those who fell into such straits.

31 Those commissions, like the European Pauperism Commission or the South African Carnegie Commission on Poor Whites thirty years later, explicitly linked domestic relationships—between parent and child, nursemaid and infant—to the security of the state. Relations between people and objects—to clothing, furnishings, room arrangements, and window-openings—were invoked, as well. Eyewitness testimonies to intimacies of the home had become data of a particular kind, critical to the state’s audit of its commitment to the public good, to racial differentiation, and to its own viability.

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