On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871

TitleOn the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsPerry, Adele
Number of Pages294
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
CityToronto
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"On the Edge of Empire" is a well-written, carefully researched, and persuasively argued book that delineates the centrality of race and gender in the making of colonial and national identities, and in the re-writing of Canadian history as colonial history. Utilising feminist and post-colonial filters, Perry designs a case study of British Columbia. She draws on current work which aims to close the distance between 'home' and away in order to make her case about the commonalities and differences between circumstances in British Columbia and the kind of 'Anglo-American' culture that was increasingly dominant in North America, parts of the British Isles, and other white settler colonies. "On the Edge of Empire" examines how a loosely connected group of reformers worked to transform an environment that lent itself to two social phenomena: white male homosocial culture and conjugal relationships between First Nations women and settler men.

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URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442688759
Short TitleOn the Edge of Empire
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