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Affect, Agency, and Ambiguous Praxis: French Expeditions in the Pacific Islands, 1827–50

Douglas, Bronwen


This article considers the praxis and representation of military actions by French naval forces in the Pacific, exemplified in the interplay of agency and affect during three precolonial expeditions before 1850. I problematize the timing, motivations and goals of violent imperial retaliation to perceived Indigenous transgressions and disentangle the varied ontologies of justice, morality or efficacy that stimulated protagonists. Refusing simplistic binaries (us-them, European-Indigenous,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (JCCH)
DOI: 10.1353/cch.2017.0019
Access Rights: Open Access


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