The souls of white folk: White settlers in Kenya, 1900s-1920s

The souls of white folk: White settlers in Kenya, 1900s-1920s

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Kenya’s white settlers have been alternately celebrated and condemned, painted as romantic pioneers or hedonistic bed-hoppers or crude racists. The souls of white folk examines settlers not as caricatures, but as people inhabiting a unique historical moment. It takes seriously – though not uncritically – what settlers said, how they viewed themselves and their world. It argues that the settler soul was composed of a series of interlaced ideas: settlers equated civilisation with a (hard to define) whiteness; they were emotionally enriched through claims to paternalism and trusteeship over Africans; they felt themselves constantly threatened by Africans, by the state, and by the moral failures of other settlers; and they daily enacted their claims to supremacy through rituals of prestige, deference, humiliation and violence. The souls of white folk will appeal to those interested in the histories of Africa, colonialism, and race, and can be appreciated by scholars and students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719098284
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 965 KB

About the Author

Brett L. Shadle is Associate Professor of History and ASPECT at Virginia Tech
John MacKenzie is Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster University and holds Honorary Professorships at Aberdeen, St Andrews and Stirling, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The souls of white folk 2. Race, civilization and paternalism 3. Prestige, whiteness and the state 4. Chivalry, immorality and intimacy 5. The law and the lash 6. Conclusion Select Bibliography Index

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