Using China at Home: Knowledge Production and Gender in the Swedish East India Company, 1730-1800
2014 (English)In: Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, ISSN 0165-1153, Vol. 38, no 1, 35-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Swedish East India Company has been studied mainly from an economic standpoint, but throughout the eighteenth century its employees played a crucial role in Swedish knowledge production on China. This article studies travel writings, speeches, and eulogies by the employees of the Swedish East India Company, noting in which ways they produced knowledge on China, and discusses reasons for choosing these particular ways. The company employees' production of knowledge is found to have strong links with their constructions of masculinity. Consequently, this article discusses the political implications of a connection between masculinity and knowledge for men employed in a non-colonial East India Company from a militarily weak country, and the role that the perceived and presented knowledge of China and its inhabitants played in this intertwining of gender construction, natural history, and power.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 38, no 1, 35-55 p.
China, Sweden, Swedish East India Company, Gender
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103470DOI: 10.1017/S0165115314000047ISI: 000338293700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-103470DiVA: diva2:717896