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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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Race, Class, and the Contours of Whiteness in Late British India

(p.219) Conclusion
The Meaning of White

Satoshi Mizutani

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes the book by first summarizing the arguments put forward by the preceding chapters, and then by presenting the author’s general view on the book’s subject. It argues that the findings of the book indicate that racial and class categories were inseparable from each other in the British efforts to maintain the boundaries of whiteness under the Raj. It was particularly through the debates and practices concerning the Eurasian Question that the inseparability of race and class was exhibited. In confronting the impoverished members of the domiciled community, most of whom were not just impoverished but were racially ‘mixed’, even the British champions of their cause did not really know whether the problem at hand was one of race or one of class. Torn between responsibility and contempt, between affinity and remoteness, and between inclusion and exclusion, the British never ceased being perplexed and haunted by the domiciled community and their ‘Eurasian Question’ right up until the very end of the colonial period

Keywords:   British colonialism, India, whiteness, boundaries, ambiguity, race, class, Eurasian Question

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