Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa

Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa

by Timothy H. Parsons
     
 

Conceived by General Sir Robert Baden-Powell as a way to reduce class tensions in Edwardian Britain, scouting evolved into an international youth movement. It offered a vision of romantic outdoor life as a cure for disruption caused by industrialization and urbanization. Scouting's global spread was due to its success in attaching itself to institutions of

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Conceived by General Sir Robert Baden-Powell as a way to reduce class tensions in Edwardian Britain, scouting evolved into an international youth movement. It offered a vision of romantic outdoor life as a cure for disruption caused by industrialization and urbanization. Scouting's global spread was due to its success in attaching itself to institutions of authority. As a result, scouting has become embroiled in controversies in the civil rights struggle in the American South, in nationalist resistance movements in India, and in the contemporary American debate over gay rights.

In Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa, Timothy Parsons uses scouting as an analytical tool to explore the tensions in colonial society. Introduced by British officials to strengthen their rule, the movement targeted the students, juvenile delinquents, and urban migrants who threatened the social stability of the regime. Yet Africans themselves used scouting to claim the rights of full imperial citizenship. They invoked the Fourth Scout Law, which declared that a scout was a brother to every other scout, to challenge racial discrimination.

Parsons shows that African scouting was both an instrument of colonial authority and a subversive challenge to the legitimacy of the British Empire. His study of African scouting demonstrates the implications and far-reaching consequences of colonial authority in all its guises.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821415962
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Scouting and schools as colonial institutions30
Ch. 3Pathfinding in Southern Africa, 1908-4572
Ch. 4Scouting and the school in East Africa, 1910-45113
Ch. 5Scouting and independency in East Africa, 1946-64146
Ch. 6Scouting and apartheid in Southern Africa, 1945-80191
Ch. 7Independence and after237
AppThe Scout law and promise259

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