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Gender, family, race and the colonial state in early nineteenth century Jamaica

Graham, A; (2021) Gender, family, race and the colonial state in early nineteenth century Jamaica. New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (NWIG) 1163/22134360-bja 1001. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Recent work has emphasized the role of colonial state structures in the construction and enforcement of race and gender in the British Empire from the seventeenth century onward, particularly among people of color. But work on the parallel phenomenon of “Whiteness” has focused on White men rather than White women and children, on elites rather than those below them, and on North America rather than the Caribbean. This article, using the records of a “Clergy Fund” established in Jamaica in 1797 as an insurance scheme for the (White) widows and orphans of clergymen, therefore addresses a gap in this literature by providing a case study of how a colonial state in the Caribbean tried—and failed—to construct and enforce race and gender among White women and children from outside the elite, during a period when White society in the region seemed under threat.

Type: Article
Title: Gender, family, race and the colonial state in early nineteenth century Jamaica
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 1163/22134360-bja 1001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/1163/22134360-bja 1001
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the cc by 4.0 license.
Keywords: Caribbean; Jamaica; gender; race; religion
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131597
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