District Space and Productive Labour

  • Aaron James Henry


This chapter focuses on how seeing, thinking, and acting at the scale of the district changed relations of rule between the HBC as indigenous people. The chapter focuses on how the district report was used by the company to make indigenous people into “industrious” economic subjects. The chapter interrogates how the company attempted to use the provision of credit and census to tie indigenous populations to specific districts. Attention is paid to how HBC officials determined the overall economic productivity of the district through annual comparisons and, at the same time, used districts to record and track the annual hunting returns of individual hunters. Through these techniques of rule, the company drew a line between industrious and indolent indigenous hunters. For the company, this form of knowledge could be used to close districts, tear down posts, or find ways to “motivate” populations of indigenous hunters to be more productive.


Debt Indolence Mobility Credit Productive labour 

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  • Aaron James Henry
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  1. 1.Institute of Political EconomyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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