White women and colonialism: Towards a non-recuperative history

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    Only in the last few years has the white woman found a voice in colonial histories. Her voice questions the myth of the ignorant, jealous memsahib who turned the happy Arcadia of early race relations into a bitter segregation. However, almost as soon as she spoke up, the white woman has been told to shut up again. She is told that she speaks from a selective memory; she paints her role in colony-making in the most favourable light; and she refuses to understand the deep-seated class and race oppression which characterises all colonies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGender and Imperialism
    EditorsClare Midgley
    PublisherManchester University Press
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)0719048206, 0719048192
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Imperialism


    • Gender
    • imperialism
    • Sex Roles
    • History
    • colonialism
    • white women
    • gender history

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    Haggis, J. (1998). White women and colonialism: Towards a non-recuperative history. In C. Midgley (Ed.), Gender and Imperialism (pp. 45-75). (Studies in Imperialism). Manchester University Press.