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Introduction

Sara Mills

in Gender and Colonial Space

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780719053351
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719053351.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the process by which spatial relations are considered classed, raced and gendered within the imperial and colonial contexts. It notes that the focus of the study is on the period of ‘high’ British colonialism during the last few years of the nineteenth century. It considers the question of spatiality and explains how the book—and the study—developed. It examines post-colonial theory, this book's theoretical position, and the concepts of space and spatial relations. This chapter also identifies the different levels of colonial space and discusses the public and private spheres, the contact zone, the sexualisation of space, and gender and space.

Keywords: spatial relations; colonial contexts; British colonialism; spatiality; post-colonial theory; space; levels of colonial space; contact zone; sexualisation of space; gender

Chapter.  16633 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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