The demographics of empire [electronic resource] : the colonial order and the creation of knowledge / edited by Karl Ittmann, Dennis D. Cordell, and Gregory H. Maddox.

Athens : Ohio University Press, c2010.
1 online resource (303 p.)


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The Demographics of Empire is a collection of essays examining the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography in the last two centuries. The contributing scholars of Africa and the British and French empires focus on three questions: How have historians, demographers, and other social scientists understood colonial populations? What were the demographic realities of African societies and how did they affect colonial systems of power? Finally, how did demographic theories developed in Europe shape policies and administrative structures in the colonies? The essays approach the su
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  • Counting subjects: demography and empire / Dennis D. Cordell, Karl Ittmann, and Gregory H. Maddox
  • African historical demography in the postmodern and postcolonial eras / Dennis D. Cordell
  • "Where nature dominates man": demographic ideas and policy in British Colonial Africa, 1890-1970 / Karl Ittmann
  • How to count the subjects of empire? Steps toward an imperial demography in French West Africa before 1946 / Raymond R. Gervais and Issiaka Mande ́-- Makwerekwere: separating immigrants and natives in early colonial Natal / Thomas V. McClendon
  • Counting and recounting: dislocation, colonial demography, and historical memory in northern Gabon / John M. Cinnamon
  • The discourse of overpopulation in western Kenya and the creation of the Pioneer Corps / Meshack Owino
  • Disease and reproductive health in Ujiji, Tanganyika: colonial and missionary discourses regarding Islam and a "dying population" / Sheryl A. McCurdy
  • Disease and environment in Africa: imputed dynamics and unresolved issues / Gregory H. Maddox
  • Reproducing labor: colonial government regulation of African women's reproductive lives / Meredeth Turshen
  • African population: projections, 1850-1960 / Patrick Manning.
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