Islands of White: Settler Society and Culture in Kenya and Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1939

TitleIslands of White: Settler Society and Culture in Kenya and Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1939
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsKennedy, Dane Keith
Number of Pages282
PublisherDuke University Press
CityDurham, NC
Abstract

Islands of White offers a novel perspective on the social dynamics of white settler colonies in imperialist Africa. Kennedy convincingly illustrates how these white societies were able to create a distinct and unified culture. Presenting a new interpretation of white settler society, Kennedy analytically demonstrates how the social identity of white colonists was radically recast to accommodate their special circumstances. Kennedy sustains that the preoccupation of Marxist historians with the internal fissures of white society neglects to appreciate the external strength of the community. Through an analysis of the particular experiences faced by white settlers, Kennedy portrays how white settler society was not simply a transfer or replication of European national traits onto colonial society in Africa but settler culture was the expression of the white community's delicately held position of dominance in the order of imperial Africa. In order to maintain this dominance, white settlers exerted strong social power to shape and control their identity and position. 

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