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Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties (Hardback)

Robert Peckham

Edité par Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, 2015
ISBN 10: 9888208446 / ISBN 13: 9789888208449
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Titre : Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial ...

Éditeur : Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Empires of Panic is the first book to explore how panics have been historically produced, defined, and managed across different colonial, imperial, and post-imperial settings-from early nineteenth-century East Asia to twenty-first-century America. Contributors consider panic in relation to colonial anxieties, rumors, indigenous resistance, and crises, particularly in relation to epidemic disease. How did Western government agencies, policymakers, planners, and other authorities understand, deal with, and neutralize panics? What role did evolving technologies of communication play in the amplification of local panics into global events? Engaging with these questions, the book challenges conventional histories to show how intensifying processes of intelligence gathering did not consolidate empire, but rather served to produce critical uncertainties-the uneven terrain of imperial panic. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9789888208449

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Synopsis : Empires of Panic is the first book to explore how panics have been historically produced, defined, and managed across different colonial, imperial, and post-imperial settings--from early nineteenth-century East Asia to twenty-first-century America. Contributors consider panic in relation to colonial anxieties, rumors, indigenous resistance, and crises, particularly in relation to epidemic disease. How did Western government agencies, policymakers, planners, and other authorities understand, deal with, and neutralize panics? What role did evolving technologies of communication play in the amplification of local panics into global events? Engaging with these questions, the book challenges conventional histories to show how intensifying processes of intelligence gathering did not consolidate empire, but rather served to produce critical uncertainties--the uneven terrain of imperial panic.

Critique: "Charting the relays of rumor and knowledge that stoke colonial fears of disease, disorder, and disaster, Empires of Panic offers timely and cautionary insight into how viscerally epidemics inflame imperial anxieties, and how words and their communication over new technologies accelerate panic, rally government intervention, and unsettle and entrench the exercise of global power. Relevant a century ago and even more so today."--Nayan Shah, University of Southern California; author of Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown

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