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Children of colonialism : anglo - Lionel Caplan

Children of colonialism


Hardcover Published: 10th January 2001
ISBN: 9781859735312
Number Of Pages: 272

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Among the legacies of the colonial encounter are any number of contemporary ‘mixed-race’ populations, descendants of the offspring of sexual unions involving European men (colonial officials, traders, etc.) and local women. These groups invite serious scholarly attention because they not only challenge notions of a rigid divide between colonizer and colonized, but beg a host of questions about continuities and transformations in the postcolonial world.

This book concerns one such group, the Eurasians of India, or Anglo-Indians as they came to be designated. Caplan presents an historicized ethnography of their contemporary lives as these relate both to the colonial past and to conditions in the present. In particular, he forcefully shows that features which theorists associate with the postcolonial present — blurred boundaries, multiple identities, creolized cultures — have been part of the colonial past as well. Presenting a powerful argument against theoretically essentialized notions of culture, hybridity and postcoloniality, this book is a much-needed contribution to recent debates in cultural studies, literary theory, anthropology, sociology as well as historical studies of colonialism, ‘mixed-race’ populations and cosmopolitan identities.

'Lionel Caplan has produced a splendid study, on a significant subject long overdue. What makes the work more useful is its solid base of fresh empirical data, together with its critical and sophisticated treatment of conceptual and theoretical issues. I commend this book to scholars and general readers alike.' Robert Eric Frykenberg, University of Wisconsin at Madison 'An impressive and empathetic analysis of the Anglo-Indian community in India today, which is recommended not only for scholars, but for general readers interested in ethnicity and sociology.' Chowkidar 'An excellent analysis of how the boundaries between Europeans, Anglo-Indians and Indians were guarded ... This book should appeal to South Asian specialists and post-colonial theorists.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Timely and broad in perspective.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Colonial Sex and the Creation of a Mixed-race Populationp. 1
The Colonial Science of Racial Hybridsp. 4
Anglo-Indians and the Blurring of Categorical Dividesp. 6
Theorizing the Colonial and Postcolonialp. 10
Creolized Cultures, Bounded Identitiesp. 11
Researching Anglo-Indiap. 15
Anglo-Indians in Madrasp. 21
Introductionp. 21
The Evolution of an Anglo-Indian Population in Madrasp. 22
The Emergence of Class Divisionsp. 25
The Education of Anglo-Indiansp. 37
Anglo-Indian Settlement in Madrasp. 43
Conclusionp. 51
Guarding Boundaries--Crossing Boundariesp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Erecting Boundariesp. 60
Threatening Boundariesp. 60
Crossing Boundaries: Colonial Censusesp. 66
Crossing Boundaries: Out-marriagesp. 76
Contemporary Crossingsp. 80
Conclusionp. 85
Paradoxes of Belongingp. 91
Introductionp. 91
The Paradox of British Policiesp. 92
Anglo-Indian Rhetorics of Belongingp. 96
Manifestations of 'Community'p. 106
Contemporary Associational Politicsp. 113
The Politics of Philanthropyp. 115
Conclusionp. 120
The Spirit of Emigrationp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Colonial Migrationsp. 131
Post-Independence Migrationsp. 133
Planning Emigrationp. 135
Failed Emigrantsp. 138
The Consequences of Emigrationp. 143
Resisting Emigrationp. 148
Conclusionp. 152
Close Families and Matrifocal Householdsp. 157
Introductionp. 157
The Composition of Householdsp. 158
Close Familiesp. 162
Boarding Schools and Familiesp. 167
Failed Familiesp. 171
Family and Workplacep. 175
Family Narrativesp. 177
Women in the Familyp. 184
Conclusionp. 188
The Practice of Culturep. 193
Introductionp. 193
Emblematic Lifewaysp. 194
Depicting Anglo-Indian Lifewaysp. 195
Dress: Changing Gearp. 198
Food: Custards and Curriesp. 204
Making and Celebrating Marriagesp. 210
Conclusionp. 218
Conclusionp. 223
Bibliographyp. 233
Author Indexp. 253
Subject Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9781859735312
ISBN-10: 1859735312
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 10th January 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1