The Resource Barbed-wire imperialism : Britain's empire of camps, 1876-1903, Aidan Forth

Barbed-wire imperialism : Britain's empire of camps, 1876-1903, Aidan Forth

Label
Barbed-wire imperialism : Britain's empire of camps, 1876-1903
Title
Barbed-wire imperialism
Title remainder
Britain's empire of camps, 1876-1903
Statement of responsibility
Aidan Forth
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Some of the world's first refugee camps and concentration camps appeared in the British Empire in the late 19th century. Famine camps detained emaciated refugees and billeted relief applicants on public works projects; plague camps segregated populations suspected of harboring disease and accommodated those evacuated from unsanitary locales; concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War, meanwhile, adapted a technology of colonial welfare in the context of war. Wartime camps in South Africa were simultaneously instruments of military violence and humanitarian care. While providing food and shelter to destitute refugees and disciplining and reforming a population cast as uncivilized and unhygienic, British officials in South Africa applied a developing set of imperial attitudes and approaches that also governed the development of plague and famine camps in India. More than the outcomes of military counterinsurgency, Boer War camps were registers of cultural discourses about civilization, class, gender, racial purity and sanitary pollution. Although British spokesmen regarded camps as hygienic enclaves, epidemic diseases decimated inmate populations creating a damaging political scandal. In order to curb mortality and introduce order, the British government mobilized a wide variety of disciplinary and sanitary lessons assembled at Indian plague and famine camps and at other kindred institutions like metropolitan workhouses. Authorities imported officials from India with experience managing plague and famine camps to systematize and rationalize South Africa's wartime concentration camps. Ultimately, improvements to inmates' health and well-being served to legitimize camps as technologies of liberal empire and biopolitical security"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
365/.34
Index
no index present
LC call number
JV1027
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Berkeley series in British studies
Series volume
12
Label
Barbed-wire imperialism : Britain's empire of camps, 1876-1903, Aidan Forth
Publication
Copyright
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Britain's empire of camps -- Concentrating the "dangerous classes" : the cultural and material foundations of British camps -- "Barbed wire deterrents" : detention and relief at Indian famine campus, 1876-1901 -- "A source of horror and dread" : plague camps in Indian and South Africa, 1896-1901 -- Concentrated humanity : the management and anatomy of colonial campus, c. 1900 -- Camps in a time of war : civilian concentration in southern Africa, 1900-1901 -- "Only matched in times of famine and plague" : life and death in the concentration camps -- "A system steadily perfected" : camp reform and the "new geniuses from India", 1901-1903 -- Epilogue : Camps go global : lessons, legacies, and forgotten solidarities
Control code
ocn985447785
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520967267
Lccn
2017021208
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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22573/ctt1tq0j9f
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b37269021
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)985447785
  • jstor0520967267

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