"Sins of their fathers" : culturally at risk children and the colonial state in Asia

Coté, Joost 2009, "Sins of their fathers" : culturally at risk children and the colonial state in Asia, Paedagogica historica, vol. 45, no. 1 & 2, pp. 129-142.

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Title "Sins of their fathers" : culturally at risk children and the colonial state in Asia
Author(s) Coté, Joost
Journal name Paedagogica historica
Volume number 45
Issue number 1 & 2
Start page 129
End page 142
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-02-01
ISSN 1477-674X
Keyword(s) colonial cultures
Dutch East Indies
Summary In contact with their foreign surroundings, European enclaves throughout imperial Asia and Africa formed new cultural communities. Nevertheless, over time as Cooper and Stoler (1997) have argued, such colonial communities became subject to the same bourgeois project as experienced in the metropolitan centres to which they remained connected. If, in terms of that project, metropolitan European society was deemed vulnerable from a brutish and unruly working class, these colonial outposts of Western society were even more vulnerable to what was deemed to be the more insidious dangers of miscegenation and cultural hybridity. Where nineteenth century educators typically suggested that working class children were “at risk” of not being able to benefit from, and simultaneously representing “a risk to”, the emerging opportunities of bourgeois capitalist society, this “risk” was accentuated in the colonies by the additional category of race. Focussing on the question of children of mixed parentage as a category of “children at risk”, this paper examines the way educationists and politicians responded to what was perceived as “civilisational decline” in four such communities - the Dutch East Indies, British India, (British) Australia and French Indo-China - to demonstrate the universality of these concerns in Imperial Asia.
Language eng
Field of Research 200211 Postcolonial Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Stichting Paedagogica Historica
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