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

Douglas, Bronwen

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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]

dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Bronwen
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-28T22:21:04Z
dc.date.available2021-02-28T22:21:04Z
dc.identifier.issn1532-5768
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/224532
dc.description.abstractThis 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, White-Black, aggressor-victim, resistance-collaboration), I probe the multi-strandedness of encounters, the ambivalent emotions involved, and the situational effectiveness or vulnerability of imperial and Indigenous actions, expectations and alignments.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherJohns Hopkins University Press
dc.rights© 2017 Bronwen Douglas and The Johns Hopkins University
dc.sourceJournal of Colonialism and Colonial History (JCCH)
dc.titleAffect, Agency, and Ambiguous Praxis: French Expeditions in the Pacific Islands, 1827–50
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dc.date.issued2017
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.press.jhu.edu
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationDouglas, Bronwen, Honorary Professor, CASS, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage17
local.identifier.doi10.1353/cch.2017.0019
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dc.provenancehttps://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/8585..."Author accepted manuscript can be made open access on non-commercial institutional repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 1/3/2021).
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