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Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America

Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth-Century America


Part of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

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

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  • Matthew Hannah's book focuses on late nineteenth-century America, the period of transformation which followed the Civil War and gave birth to the twentieth century. This was a time of industrialization and urbanization. Immigration was on the increase and traditional hierarchies were being challenged. Using a combination of 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'. The empirical strands of the narrative surround the career and writing of Francis A. Walker. A hugely influential figure at that time, Walker was Director of the 1870 and 1880 US censuses, Commissioner of Indian affairs and a prominent political economist and educator. Through an analysis of his work, Hannah enriches previous interpretations of the period, demonstrating 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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    '… such a laudable and welcome contribution to the literature on states, spatial politics, and regulatory theory … Because Hannah's prose is so clear and because he makes generous use of rich historical detail he is concrete enough to be read by senior undergraduates; because his theory is so robust he is worthy of being read by professional academics '. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space

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    Product details

    • 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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