This part of the course analyzes how the “civilizing mission” of the New Imperialism of the 19th and 20th centuries translated in into attempts to classify, cleanse, and control the bodies of colonial subjects. The readings cover issues related to scientific racism, medicine and disease, and sexuality. As you read, you should be thinking about how theories and beliefs about racial hierarchies underpinned the colonial project.
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To what extent did social and cultural policies implemented by the colonial powers (in the areas covered by the readings) serve to establish and maintain the colonizer/colonized hierarchy