‘Practical imperialism’: Thomas Sedgwick and imperial emigration

Daniel Gorman

in Imperial Citizenship

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075292
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700730 | DOI:
‘Practical imperialism’: Thomas Sedgwick and imperial emigration

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This chapter analyses the views of English social worker Thomas Sedgwick on imperial citizenship. Sedgwick believed that emigration was a case of imperial citizenship at work and he advocated for the so-called practical imperialism. However, an analysis of Sedgwick's assisted emigration work demonstrated that the social imperialist programme of fostering a common imperial citizenship based upon a social ideal of ‘Britishness’ proved no more successful than did the broad church approach of Richard Jebb or John Buchan, the ethnic ‘whiteness’ of Arnold White, or the centralist political approach of Lionel Curtis.

Keywords: Thomas Sedgwick; imperial citizenship; assisted emigration; practical imperialism; social imperialist programme

Chapter.  12360 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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