Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alastair Bonnett
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Drawing on British works of imperial and social commentary, this article shows how a literature of white crisis emerged between 1890–1930. It was a literature that, whilst claiming to defend and affirm white identity, in fact exposed the limits of whiteness as a form of social solidarity. It is shown how these studies drew together a variety of challenges deemed to be facing the white race and, more specifically, how they exhibited a contradictory desire to defend white racial community whilst attacking "the masses". The idea of the West, developing alongside, within and in the wake of this crisis literature, provided a less racially reductive but not necessarily less socially exclusive identity.
Author(s): Bonnett A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Historical Sociology
ISSN (print): 0952-1909
ISSN (electronic): 1467-6443
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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