martedì 13 marzo 2012

Foucault on Archive (Ann Laura Stoler's line)

"As Foucault provocatively warned, the archive is neither the sum of all texts that a culture preserves nor those institutions which allow for that record and preservation. The archive is rather that "systems of statements" , those "rules of practice", that shape the specific regularities of what can and cannot be said.
Students of colonialism have wrestled with this formulation to capture that which renders colonial archives both as documents of exclusions and as monuments to particular configurations of power themselves."

(pg. 89 - Refiguring the archive - Ann Laura Stoler's "Colonial Archives and the Art of Governance: On the Content in the Form)

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