Focusing on Portuguese, British and French colonial spaces, this
book traces changing concepts of mixed-race identity in early
colonial India. Starting in the sixteenth century, it discusses how
the emergence of race was always shaped by affiliations based on
religion, class, national identity, gender and citizenship across
empires. In the context of increasing British power, the book looks
at the Anglo-French tensions of the eighteenth century to consider
the relationship between modernity and race-making. Arguing that
different forms of modernity produced divergent categories of
hybridity, it considers the impact of changing political structures
on mixed-race communities. With its emphasis on specificity, the
book situates current and past debates on the mixed-race experience
and the politics of whiteness in broader historical and global
contexts. By contributing to the understanding of race-making as an
aspect of colonial governance, the book illuminates some margins of
colonial India that are often lost in the shadows of the British
regime. It is of interest to academics of world history,
postcolonial studies, South Asian imperial history and critical
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||Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories
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