(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Authorizing the “Natives”: governmentality, dispossession, and the contradictions of rule in colonial Zambia

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) School of Environment, Education and Development, Univ., Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI


This article explores the relationship between changing techniques of rule and the stability of rule; in particular, the proletarianization and dispossession of African populations and production of an extractive economy in colonial Zambia. Itexamines two key interventions marked a new mode of governing and spatial reorganization of power are examined: indirect rule through Native authorities and the constitution of Native reserves. The consequences and limitations of these new forms of intervention are examined by bringing together Marxist ideas of dispossession and the contradictions of colonial rule and Foucault's work on governmental power. In the final sections, a wider set of relations and processes beyond the state that worked to produce economic forms of subjectivity are explored, before arguing that the hallmark of techniques of rule that became widespread in British colonial sub-Saharan Africa is that they stabilized dispossession and worked to resolve central contradictions of colonial rule


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no6 [pp. 1273-1290]




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.944453

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