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Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography : White Creole Culture, Politics and Identity during the Age of Abolition Series Number 38 - David Lambert

Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

White Creole Culture, Politics and Identity during the Age of Abolition Series Number 38


Published: 16th December 2010
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David Lambert explores the political and cultural articulation of white creole identity in the British Caribbean colony of Barbados during the age of abolitionism (c. 1780-1833), the period in which the British antislavery movement emerged, first to attack the slave trade and then the institution of chattel slavery itself. Supporters of slavery in Barbados and beyond responded with their own campaigning, resulting in a series of debates and moments of controversy, both localised and transatlantic in significance. They exposed tensions between Britain and its West Indian colonies, and raised questions about whether white slaveholders could be classed as fully 'British' and if slavery was compatible with 'English' conceptions of liberty and morality. David Lambert considers what it meant to be a white colonial subject in a place viewed as a vital and loyal part of the empire but subject to increasing metropolitan attack because of the existence of slavery.

Review of the hardback: 'White Creole Culture is an exemplary cultural history, with its in-depth exploration of individuals and moments, its interdisciplinary range, its utilisation of a range of texts from court cases and poetry to rebel flags and the colonial press, and its eloquent account of the conjunctural formation of white colonial identities across metropole and colony.' Journal of Historical Geography
Review of the hardback: 'Lambert is the first writer since Edward Braithwaite to examine in depth how whites in the Caribbean developed an embryonic white Creole ... The major virtue of Lambert's sensitive delineations of white identities is that it will force historians to pay more attention to divisions within the master class and to how whiteness, and by implication blackness, were contested discourses with significant political implications.' English Historical Review
Review of the hardback: '... theoretically stimulating and empirically rich.' H-HistGeog
"Its sophistication...lends insight to those interested in the cultural politics of identity construction that found articulation in four primary discourses: white supremacism, the planter ideal, colonial loyalty, and colonial opposition (p. 208). It is also helpful for those readers interested in the application of postcolonial theory to an ample assortment of primary sources within the contexts of regional and transnational studies of the West Indies. In the end, Lambert has made an important contribution to the understanding of "the geographical 'problem of slavery,'" a topic that David Brion Davis so eloquently introduced to so many historians and that Lambert has continued to develop even further (p. 10)." - Michael Pasquier, Department of Religion, Florida State University, H-NET

List of illustrations
Introduction: white creole culture, politics and identity
The geographical 'problem of slavery'
Joshua Steele and the 'improvement' of slavery
Making a 'well constituted Society': the ambitions and limits of white unity
Locating blame for the 1816 Rebellion
Anti-Methodism and the uncertain place of Barbados
'Days of misery and nights of fear': white ideas of freedom at the end of slavery
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ISBN: 9780521172394
ISBN-10: 052117239X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 16th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38