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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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The Origins and Emergence of the ‘Domiciled Community’

The Origins and Emergence of the ‘Domiciled Community’

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The Meaning of White

Satoshi Mizutani

Oxford University Press

The first half of this chapter analyses the British attitude towards those Europeans who became labelled as ‘poor whites’. Its second half shows how a number of ‘poor whites’, despite vigilance on the part of the British authorities, became permanently domiciled in India, coming to be called ‘Domiciled Europeans’. The chapter also explains how, by the mid-nineteenth century, there emerged a substantial group of mixed-descent persons, forming a ‘Eurasian community’. It then tries to account for the ideological and administrative reasons why the colonial authorities categorized Domiciled Europeans and Eurasians into one single social grouping, the ‘domiciled community’. The final pages of the chapter seek to reveal the extent to which a large section of the domiciled community became impoverished, and to explain how, for that reason, its very existence became problematized and politicized, receiving inordinate attention as the perpetrator of the Eurasian Question.

Keywords:   poor whites, Domiciled Europeans, Eurasians, domiciled community, colonial categories, Eurasian Question

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