Satoshi Mizutani

in The Meaning of White

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697700
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732102 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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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

Chapter.  2001 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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