Children of Colonialism: Anglo-Indians in a Postcolonial World

Children of Colonialism: Anglo-Indians in a Postcolonial World

by Lionel Caplan

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ISBN-13: 9781859736326
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Lionel Caplan is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Introduction1
Colonial Sex and the Creation of a Mixed-race Population1
The Colonial Science of Racial Hybrids4
Anglo-Indians and the Blurring of Categorical Divides6
Theorizing the Colonial and Postcolonial10
Creolized Cultures, Bounded Identities11
Researching Anglo-India15
2Anglo-Indians in Madras21
Introduction21
The Evolution of an Anglo-Indian Population in Madras22
The Emergence of Class Divisions25
The Education of Anglo-Indians37
Anglo-Indian Settlement in Madras43
Conclusion51
3Guarding Boundaries--Crossing Boundaries59
Introduction59
Erecting Boundaries60
Threatening Boundaries60
Crossing Boundaries: Colonial Censuses66
Crossing Boundaries: Out-marriages76
Contemporary Crossings80
Conclusion85
4Paradoxes of Belonging91
Introduction91
The Paradox of British Policies92
Anglo-Indian Rhetorics of Belonging96
Manifestations of 'Community'106
Contemporary Associational Politics113
The Politics of Philanthropy115
Conclusion120
5The Spirit of Emigration129
Introduction129
Colonial Migrations131
Post-Independence Migrations133
Planning Emigration135
Failed Emigrants138
The Consequences of Emigration143
Resisting Emigration148
Conclusion152
6Close Families and Matrifocal Households157
Introduction157
The Composition of Households158
Close Families162
Boarding Schools and Families167
Failed Families171
Family and Workplace175
Family Narratives177
Women in the Family184
Conclusion188
7The Practice of Culture193
Introduction193
Emblematic Lifeways194
Depicting Anglo-Indian Lifeways195
Dress: Changing Gear198
Food: Custards and Curries204
Making and Celebrating Marriages210
Conclusion218
8Conclusion223
Bibliography233
Author Index253
Subject Index257

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