Empire is the enemy of love

Edith Noor's progress and other stories

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Abstract

Cases discovered in the British Colonial Office archives of the 1920s and 1930s show how different branches of the imperial state struggled with interracial couples and families to define their rightful place in the empire. As discursive analysis historically contextualised shows, state servants striving to maintain colonial power relations held assumptions about racial and cultural differences that reacted in unpredictable ways with their deeply gendered and classed judgements about interracial marriages and the women in them. This evidence reveals that racial distinction or 'whiteness' was neither the sole nor even the primary variable driving these decisions. Discourses of gender, class, culture, sexual danger and spatial location were equally powerful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGender and History
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

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1920s
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  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Empire is the enemy of love : Edith Noor's progress and other stories. / Tabili, Laura -.

In: Gender and History, Vol. 17, No. 1, 04.2005.

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