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The Meaning of White: Race, Class, and the 'Domiciled Community' in British India 1858-1930

Satoshi Mizutani


The edifice of whiteness in British India remained complex and even contradictory during the period from 1858 to 1930. Under the Raj, the spread of racial ideologies was thoroughly pervasive, but paradoxically, or perhaps all the more for it, whiteness was never taken as self-evident whether as a concept or as a code of praxis. Rather it was constantly called into question, while its boundaries were disciplined and policed through socio-cultural and institutional practices. Only those whites with sufficient degrees of attainment in terms of social status, cultural refinement and level of educa ... More

Keywords: race, class, British colonialism, India, whiteness, boundaries, domiciled community, Eurasians, Domiciled Europeans, Eurasian Question

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Satoshi Mizutani, author
Associate Professor, Doshisha University, Japan