Week 8 – “Body in the Library” Tiffin

November 14, 2007

Tiffin writes, “Reproduction of the self…was/is the crucial technology of imperialism. Central to the idea of self-reproduction is the extension of control” (379). The goal of imperialism is conformity and uniformity. Control the natives, make them like we are, take their resources, and everyone’s happy. The natives are enlightened and we’re rich and superior. It reminds me of Chia’s article on the first chapter of Daniel. The king planned to control the Israelites by indoctrinating Daniel and his friends, giving them new names, feeding them from his table, and teaching them his culture and history. Self-reproduction. Control.

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