Children of Colonialism
Anglo-Indians in a Postcolonial World
By (author) Lionel Caplan
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Children of Colonialism by Lionel Caplan
Book DescriptionAmong the legacies of the colonial encounter are any number of contemporary 'mixed-race' populations, descendants of the offspring of sexual unions involving European men (colonial officials, traders, etc.) and local women. These groups invite serious scholarly attention because they not only challenge notions of a rigid divide between colonizer and colonized, but beg a host of questions about continuities and transformations in the postcolonial world. This book concerns one such group, the Eurasians of India, or Anglo-Indians as they came to be designated. Caplan presents an historicized ethnography of their contemporary lives as these relate both to the colonial past and to conditions in the present. In particular, he forcefully shows that features which theorists associate with the postcolonial present - blurred boundaries, multiple identities, creolized cultures - have been part of the colonial past as well. Presenting a powerful argument against theoretically essentialized notions of culture, hybridity and postcoloniality, this book is a much-needed contribution to recent debates in cultural studies, literary theory, anthropology, sociology as well as historical studies of colonialism, 'mixed-race' populations and cosmopolitan identities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859736326
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Among the legacies of the colonial encounter are any number of contemporary "mixed-race" populations, descendants of the offspring of unions involving European men and local women. This book concerns one such group, the author exploring the links between colonial and post-colonial.
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Author Biography - Lionel Caplan
Lionel Caplan is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
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