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Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America

Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669498

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  • Late nineteenth-century America was a time of industrialization and urbanization. Immigration was increasing and traditional hierarchies were being challenged. Combining empirical and theoretical material, Hannah explores the modernization of the American federal government during this period. Discussions of gender, race and colonial knowledge engage with Foucault's ideas on "governmentality." Through an analysis of the work of Francis A. Walker, a prominent political economist and educator of the time, the author demonstrates that the modernization of the American national state was a thoroughly spatial and explicitly geographical project.

    • A balanced exploration of the subject from empirical and theoretical perspectives
    • Covers a wide range of disciplinary perspectives: historical geography, colonial history, anthropology, theories of race and colonial knowledge and gender studies
    • Gives fascinating insights into the history of America prior to modernization
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    "Hannah effectively demonstrates that an approach informed by governmentality can shed light on certain features of American state activity during the late nineteenth century." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669498
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Governmentality in context
    Part I:
    2. The formation of governmental objects in late nineteenth century American discourse
    3. Francis A. Walker and the formation of American governmental subjectivity
    4. American manhood and the strains of governmental subjectivity
    Part II:
    5. The spatial politics of governmental knowledge
    6. An American exceptionalist political economy
    7. Manhood, space and governmental regulation

  • Author

    Matthew G. Hannah, University of Vermont

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