Imperial Creatures: Humans And Other Animals In Colonial Singapore, 1819-1942


by Barnard, Timothy P.

Imperial Creatures: Humans And Other Animals In Colonial Singapore, 1819-1942

Price:  US$25.92   (SGD36.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 336 pages
Published:  2019, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789813250871
SB#:  063363 (113)

About This Book

One of the areas of fastest-growing interest in the humanities and social sciences in recent years has been the history of animals. Imperial Creatures fills a gap in that field by looking across species at animals in a urban colonial setting. If imperialism is a series of power relationships, Timothy P. Barnard argues, then it necessarily involves not only the subjugation of human communities, but also of animals. What was the relationship between those two processes in colonial Singapore? How did interactions with animals enable changes in interactions between people? Through a multidisciplinary consideration of fauna, Imperial Creatures weaves together a series of tales to document how animals were cherished, monitored, employed, and slaughtered in a colonial society. All animals, including humans, Barnard shows, have been creatures of imperialism in Singapore.


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