Introduction: The Problem of Racial Crossing

Damon Ieremia Salesa

in Racial Crossings

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604159
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729423 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Introduction: The Problem of Racial Crossing

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This introductory chapter outlines the ‘problem’ of racial crossing, and how it drew together overlapping concerns, and a variety of different places, through questions about what would happen if different races lived in proximity, intermarried, and created families in lived in the same societies. The chapter introduces how racial crossings were ordinary experiences of empire, and became important to a miscellany of interested parties, from scientists, travellers, policy-makers and political economists, to historians, officials and religious scholars. By the 1830s many of them had come to see racial crossings as critically important. Examining the historical literature discussing race, science, empire and policy-making, this chapter also introduces the crucial cases of both the British colony of New Zealand and the Māori people, and outlines the ways in which the present study builds upon and advances existing work.

Keywords: race; empire; colonialism; Britain; New Zealand; Māori; science; policy; intermarriage; hybridity

Chapter.  11686 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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