By Harald Fischer-Tiné
This ebook argues that the heritage of colonial empires has been formed to a substantial quantity via destructive feelings corresponding to nervousness, worry and embarrassment in addition to via the commonplace prevalence of panics. The case experiences it assembles research some of the ways that panics and anxieties have been generated in imperial events and the way they shook up the dynamics among doubtless omnipotent colonizers and the it sounds as if defenceless colonized. Drawing from examples of the British, Dutch and German colonial adventure, the quantity sketches out a number of the major components (such as illness, local ‘savagery’ or sexual transgression) that generated panics or created anxieties in colonial settings and analyses the most typical types of useful, discursive and epistemic options followed via the colonisers to scale back the perceived threats.
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Extra resources for Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings: Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
St Albans: Paladin. Collingham, Elizabeth M. 2001. Imperial Bodies. The Physical Experience of the Raj, c. 1800–1947. Cambridge: Polity Press. Conrad, Joseph. 1900. Lord Jim. A Tale. Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons. Conrad, Sebastian. 2009. ‘Education for Work’ in Colony and Metropole: The Case of Imperial Germany, c. 1880–1914. In Empires and Boundaries: Rethinking Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial Settings, edited by Harald Fischer-Tiné and Susanne Gehrmann, 23–40. London: Taylor & Francis.
See Mathew Thomson (2006); Richard Overy (2009: Chapter 4); Jordanna Baiklin (2012: Chapter 1). 4. Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson and Richard Keller (2011: 1). 5. See especially Erik Linstrum (2016). I am grateful to Erik for allowing me to read two chapters of the book in manuscript. For a contrasting perspective, see Mathew Thomson (1999). 6. This chapter originated as a keynote address at a workshop organized by Professor Harald Fischer-Tine on ‘Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Panics in Imperial Settings’, which sought to apply to the colonial world the classic analysis of ‘moral panics’ by Cohen 2002).
Although this theory assumed more varied forms than tropical neurasthenia, reflecting the very real differences in the cultural character and socio-economic circumstances of the colonized populations themselves, its most influential version was almost certainly the one that originated in colonial Africa. The school of ethnopsychiatry that developed there played a particularly important role in interpreting challenges to colonial rule as pathological reactions to Western modernity. Following the late nineteenth-century scramble for Africa, Europeans frequently referred to certain types of African resistance to colonial rule as a kind of ‘mania’.
Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings: Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Harald Fischer-Tiné