Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the German Colonial Empire

Lora Wildenthal

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the German Colonial Empire

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This chapter analyzes several cases of disputed citizenship drawn from the German colonies before World War 1, suggesting that the cases of marriage between white German men and colonized women of color show how citizenship law worked in a political context of colonial empire which was organized by gender hierarchy and race. It also discusses the legal issues and cultural meanings of citizenship in the context of Rogers Brubaker's book Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany.

Keywords: disputed citizenship; German colonies; citizenship law; colonial empire; gender hierarchy; legal issues; cultural meanings; Rogers Brubaker; Citizenship and Nationhood

Chapter.  9704 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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