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Conclusion: Dwelling in Unity

Damon Ieremia Salesa

in Racial Crossings

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604159
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604159.003.0007

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Conclusion: Dwelling in Unity

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This chapter concludes the book, first by summing up how scholarly, colonial and imperial understandings of race crossing changed, and contrasting these with indigenous practices and understandings that intersected with these problems. The scholarly, imperial and colonial preoccupation with half-castes and racially mixed families led to a situation where threats to indigenous communities and racially crossed families or individuals might not come just from inequality and exclusion, but from an invasive, conditional, inclusion, one that accorded with liberal and reformed practices. Various British, colonial and imperial preoccupations with racial crossing proved to be strikingly durable, consistently evident for around a century. But no less important was the capacity of indigenous communities, especially families, to assert alternatives, and contest colonial practices and understandings. Indigenous practices regarding what others saw as ‘racial crossings’ proved no less durable, able to build and maintain relationships and ways of being that persisted outside of colonial, imperial and other jurisdictions.

Keywords: race; empire; colonialism; hybridity; half-caste; missionary; Victorian; Māori; indigenous; intermarriage

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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