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Muschalek, Marie

Violence as Usual

Policing and the Colonial State in German Southwest Africa

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    December 2019
    ISBN
    978-1-5017-4286-6
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Slaps in the face, kicks, beatings, and other forms of run-of-the-mill violence were a quotidian part of life in German Southwest Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century. Unearthing this culture of normalized violence in a settler colony, Violence as Usual uncovers the workings of a powerful state that was built in an improvised fashion by low-level state representatives.

    Marie A. Muschalek's fascinating portrayal of the daily deeds of African and German men enrolled in the colonial police force called the Landespolizei is a historical anthropology of police practice and the normalization of imperial power. Replete with anecdotes of everyday experiences both of the policemen and of colonized people and settlers, Violence as Usual reexamines fundamental questions about the relationship between power and violence. Muschalek gives us a new perspective on violence beyond the solely destructive and the instrumental. She overcomes, too, the notion that modern states operate exclusively according to modes of rationalized functionality. Violence as Usual offers an unusual assessment of the history of rule in settler colonialism and an alternative to dominant narratives of an ostensibly weak colonial state.

    Details

    270 pages
    12 b&w halftones, 1 map 1 Fig.
    CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Keyword(s):
    Imperialism, Colonialism, police history, Violence Studies, Historical Anthropology, state theory
    Readership:
    General/trade;

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    MuschalekMarie:

    Marie Muschalek is a lecturer and researcher in history at the University of Freiburg (Germany). She works in the fields of military and police history, violence studies, German colonialism, and World War Two. She is the co-founder of a public history project on Germany's colonial past at www.kolonialismusimkasten.de.

    Reviews

    Matthew P. Fitzpatrick, Flinders University, author of Liberal Imperialism in Germany:

    "Violence as Usual greatly expands our understanding of colonial relations on the frontier—a well-crafted work of history."

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