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Colonial Switzerland, rethinking colonialism from the margins, [edited by] Patricia Purtschert and Harald Fischer-Tiné

A turn towards the 'colonial margins' 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 projects of other European countries, its transnationally entangled scientific community, its doctrine of neutrality, which, among other things, made the country attractive as operational base for anti-colonial activists, the significance of Swiss Christian missions as well of the secular development aid sector thereafter, and, last but not least, a palpable, though often denied racist discourse in contemporary public debates. This collection brings together the most exciting and challenging products of recent scholarship on colonial and postcolonial Switzerland and makes them available in English for the first time.--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
xi, 323 pages, illustrations, 23 cm.

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