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Colonial Switzerland : rethinking colonialism from the margins

Author: Patricia Purtschert; Harald Fischer-Tiné
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Series: Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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4e de couv.: A turn towards the colonial margin' can be observed lately within colonial and postcolonial studies. It has been argued that states without former colonies and their inhabitants shared colonial discourses and were intensely involved in colonial practices. This anthology looks at Switzerland, which constitutes a perfect case in point for a host of reasons: its strong economic involvement with imperial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Actes de congrès
[Études diverses]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Purtschert; Harald Fischer-Tiné
ISBN: 9781137442734 1137442735
OCLC Number: 995483350
Description: 323 p. : ill.
Contents: Part I. Colonialism and Science. 1. On the Tropical Origins of the Alps: Science and the Colonial Imagination of Switzerland, 1700-1900 / Bernhard C. Schär. 2. Race in the Making: Colonial Encounters, Body Measurements and the Global Dimensions of Swiss Racial Science, 1900-1950 / Pascal Germann. 3. The Other's Colony: Switzerland and the Discovery of Côte d'Ivoire / Lukas Meier. Part II. (Post)colonial Economies. 4. Patriotic Bonds and the Danger of Estrangement: Swiss Networks in Colonial Southeast Asia (1850-1930) / Andreas Zangger. 5. 'Wonderland' Peru: Migration and the Making of an Andean Switzerland / Angela Sanders. 6. Bollywood, Chicken Curry --
and IT: The Public Spectacle of the Indian Exotic, and Postcolonial Anxieties in Switzerland / Rohit Jain. Part III. (Post)colonial Self-Representations. 7. Becoming Imperial: A Swiss Woman's Shifting Identity in British Southern Africa / Ruramisai Charumbira. 8. From 'Native' Alpine Guides to Foreign 'Sahibs' in the Himalayas: Swiss Identity Formation at the Moment of Decolonization / Patricia Purtschert. 9. Overburdened White Men (and Women): Ruptured Self-Images of Young Swiss in the 'Third World' (1950s to 1970s) / Patricia Hongler and Marina Lienhard.Part IV. (Post)colonial Politics and Counter-Politics. 10. The Other Side of Internationalism: Switzerland as Hub of Militant Anti-Colonialism (c. 1910-1920) / Harald Fischer-Tiné. 11. 'The Chinaman of old cannot be compared to the Chinaman of today': Official Views of China and the Construction of Colonial Knowledge in Interwar Switzerland / Ariane Knüsel. 12. Glimpses into the Hearts of Whiteness: Institutions of Intimacy and the Desirable National / Anne Lavanchy. Colonial Complicities and Hidden Imperial Entanglements: An Afterword / Shalini Randeria.
Series Title: Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Responsibility: edited by Patricia Purtschert and Harald Fischer-Tiné.

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States without former colonies, it has been argued, were intensely involved in colonial practices. This anthology looks at Switzerland, which, by its very strong economic involvements with  Read more...

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