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The Meaning of WhiteRace, Class, and the 'Domiciled Community' in British India 1858-1930$
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Satoshi Mizutani

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199697700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697700.001.0001

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British Prestige and Fears of Colonial Degeneration

British Prestige and Fears of Colonial Degeneration

(p.14) 1 British Prestige and Fears of Colonial Degeneration
The Meaning of White

Satoshi Mizutani

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘imperial politics of whiteness’ in relation to both the politico-economic characteristics of British rule and the life-worlds of white bourgeois families. These two were mutually inseparable because the quotidian lives of Britons—how, where, and with whom they lived, as well as how and where they reared their children—were of central importance to the definition and social reproduction of British racial prestige, upon which the legitimacy of the Raj ultimately depended. Among the most important sources for the discussions here are the Reports of the Select Committee on Colonization and Settlement (1858–59), which contain official debates on these questions. A range of journal and newspaper articles, as well as medical books and manuals, are also examined.

Keywords:   colonial settlement, race, class, whiteness, degeneration, miscegenation, bourgeois families, climate, tropical medicine

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