By Lionel Caplan
One of the legacies of the colonial come across are any variety of modern ‘mixed-race’ populations, descendants of the offspring of sexual unions concerning eu males (colonial officers, investors, etc.) and native girls. those teams invite critical scholarly recognition simply because they not just problem notions of a inflexible divide among colonizer and colonized, yet beg a bunch of questions about continuities and alterations within the postcolonial global. This ebook matters one such staff, the Eurasians of India, or Anglo-Indians as they got here to be particular. Caplan offers an historicized ethnography in their modern lives as those relate either to the colonial previous and to stipulations within the current. particularly, he forcefully indicates that includes which theorists go along with the postcolonial current — blurred obstacles, a number of identities, creolized cultures — were a part of the colonial prior besides. providing a robust argument opposed to theoretically essentialized notions of tradition, hybridity and postcoloniality, this e-book is a much-needed contribution to contemporary debates in cultural reviews, literary conception, anthropology, sociology in addition to historic reports of colonialism, ‘mixed-race’ populations and cosmopolitan identities.
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The inexorable rush of leather merchants have taken over the place now called Periamet’ (D’Monte 1994). By the beginning of the twentieth century, Higginbotham’s Guide to Madras was claiming that ‘Vepery is the chief residential quarter of a large section of the Eurasian community who do not live in Black Town or St Thome’ (Bremner 1903: 46). One woman, whom I met when she was in her eighties, had spent her childhood in Vepery in the 1920s, and – 43 – Children of Colonialism Principal areas of Anglo-Indian settlement in Madras (c.
Children of Colonialism The Evolution of an Anglo-Indian Population in Madras The Anglo-Indian population is descended from a medley of different ethnic and racial categories, European and Indian. As noted in the previous chapter, there has been a Portuguese presence at San Thome (in what is now south Madras) since the early part of the sixteenth century, making it the first European settlement in the vicinity, and giving rise to a substantial mixed-race population. Many Portuguese were invited to settle in Fort St George, as soldiers and traders, soon after the English factory was established by the East India Company in 1639 (Wheeler 1878: 57).
Although unemployment was nothing new to men from the most disadvantaged levels of Anglo-Indian society, the feeling grew in leadership circles that it was reaching sections of the community – respectable, hard-working technicians and artisans – who had not previously experienced such hardship. Gidney insisted that by the 1930s more than one-third of the male Anglo-Indian population of working age were unemployed (1934: 36), a figure reiterated by other community notables such as Weston (1939: 118) and Snell (quoted in Brennan 1979: 139).
Children of Colonialism by Lionel Caplan