Problematic spaces, problematic races: defining ‘Europeans’ in late colonial India

  title={Problematic spaces, problematic races: defining ‘Europeans’ in late colonial India},
  author={Elizabeth Buettner},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={277 - 298}
  • E. Buettner
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • History, Sociology
  • Women's History Review
Abstract This article considers how women and men acquired ‘European’ status in gender-specific ways in colonial India between the late nineteenth century and independence in 1947. Being considered ‘European’ in this setting required far more than ancestry and biological attributes, and depended heavily on class, culture, occupation and ongoing imperial border crossings that allowed individuals to maintain direct contact with Britain. Those born in India who failed to remain transient due to… 
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