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Discrepant Women, Imperial Patriarchies and (De)Colonizing Masculinities

  • Denise Noble
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Part of the Thinking Gender in Transnational Times book series (THINKGEN)

Abstract

This chapter continues the genealogy of colonial liberalism as it targeted Caribbean women and Caribbean gender relations. Moving back to the period of the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean, it highlights the transformation that emancipation required in the rhetoric, if not always the practice, of racial rule. In particular it addresses, first, how the imposition of colonial governmentality—or colonial liberalism—was central in the reform of racial rule and, second, how it relied on the deployment of new biopolitical rationalities of race and gender in the production of Caribbean taxonomies of freedom, in which Indian, African, Chinese and white populations were ascribed differential endowments of civility, measured largely in terms of colonial understandings of ethnicized gender and family arrangements. It is in this reforming moment of emancipation that we can better understand the logics of colonial moral governmentality that the previous chapter identified in the Moyne Report. It is here that we can trace its elaboration within a critical conjuncture in British racial rule and liberalism, and how racialized conceptions of the different gender and family arrangements were deployed in managing the tensions between colonial rule and freedom.

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  • Denise Noble
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and CriminologyBirmingham City UniversityBirminghamUK

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