Cultures in Motion

Within the wide-ranging and cutting edge essays of Cultures in movement, a dozen exceptional historians supply new conceptual vocabularies for knowing how cultures have trespassed throughout geography and social area. From the adjustments of the meanings and practices of charity in the course of past due antiquity and the transit of scientific wisdom among early glossy China and Europe, to the fusion of Irish and African dance types in early nineteenth-century long island, those essays stick to a big selection of cultural practices in the course of the lens of movement, translation, itinerancy, and alternate, extending the insights of transnational and translocal history.

Cultures in movement demanding situations the basis of fastened, good cultural platforms through exhibiting that cultural practices have consistently been relocating, crossing borders and destinations with usually stunning impression. The essays provide remarkable examples from early to trendy instances of intrusion, translation, resistance, and model. those are histories the place nothing--dance rhythms, alchemical formulation, musical practices, feminist aspirations, stitching machines, streamlined metals, or exertions networks--remains desk bound.

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It is for this reason that the body, particularly the nude female body, has long served as a boundary marker between art and the obscene. 9 The 1820s and 1830s were particularly pivotal decades, according to Anthony Budd, that marked the beginning of what he terms the ‘age of the sculpture machine’. 11 The rituals and restraints the bourgeoisie placed upon their own bodies were designed, in turn, to secure their hegemony over the social body. Securing such hegemony necessitated a wide programme of intervention into the culture and society of the labouring classes, which was achieved through the coming together of the state, medicine, evangelical religion and philanthropy with new professional knowledges and apparatuses, as well as procedures of social inquiry such as blue-book investigations into health and sanitation and reports from Poor Law commissions and factory inspectors.

Moreover, ‘A vast network of imperial connections in government, administration, the army, the church, the law, education, and enterprise, extended from India to the Australian colonies’ until well into the twentieth century. Kingston, ‘The Taste of India’, p. 36. 73 Australia offers a case in point, for while in contrast to a colony such as India (which until its independence from British rule was subject to a system of autocratic government by alien rulers) the Australian colonies had achieved self-governance by the mid-nineteenth century and by 1901 had federated to form a new nation-state, Australia nonetheless remained a colonial society.

Kalpagam, ‘The Colonial State’, 49. Kalpagam, ‘The Colonial State’, 49. As Nicholas Dirks illustrates in his study of the impact of the Permanent Settlement on southern India, while the political import of the gift of property declined as a result of the legal redefinition of property relations, the moral economy did not. Dirks, ‘From Little Kingdom’, pp. 175–208. For transformations in Indian law see Galanter, Law and Society; and Cohn, Colonialism and its Forms. 97 Secondly, the state’s interest in and ability to regulate population in colonial India was more limited than that of the state in Australia.

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