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1. Richardson, Dionna D. Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean.

Degree: PhD, History, 2019, University of Akron

This dissertation is an investigation of the imperial racialized and gendered origins of surveillance culture. It is primarily an interrogation of the British Empire’s methods and justifications for measures taken to maintain imperial control in the colonial Caribbean. The main subjects of this study are women that migrated from India to the Trinidad during the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but their story is told within the context of the larger history of the Caribbean. This dissertation is significant because the patterns revealed extend far beyond these subjects, geographical locations, and this historical period of time. This dissertation shows how white colonialists employed racialized and gendered language in their justifications for the establishment of imperial surveillance practices. They created government systems, customs, and laws along with hegemonic attitudes of white superiority that led to unfair and unregulated discriminatory practices against individuals of color.Discussions regarding the physical, sexual, and reproductive labor of women of color dominated white colonial male discourse from the rise of the transatlantic slave system to the present day. Discriminatory language and its accompanying arguments became so deeply embedded in the collective consciousness of the colonized people that, in places like the Caribbean where groups of diverse ethnic origin converged, much of that rhetoric persisted beyond the colonial era. The scope of this dissertation ends in the 1960s, just as colonies such as Jamaica and Trinidad gained their independence from Britain, and the research shows that in the power struggle for the emergent nation, men who identified as AfroCaribbean and IndoCaribbean used the same systemic racialization and gendered language to try to assert their own dominance over one another and over the female inhabitants of the region. Through an examination of mid-twentieth-century music, poetry, street fights, customs, and institutionalized discrimination, it is readily apparent that the colonial racialized and gendered hegemonic ideals were still very much at play, even in the absence of the white colonial power structure. Advisors/Committee Members: Wainwright, A. Martin (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Modern History; History; Womens Studies; World History; Latin American History; Caribbean Studies; European History; race; gender; surveillance; reproductive labor; sexual labor; labor; migration; identity; Trinidad; Caribbean; British Empire; India; missionaries

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APA (6th Edition):

Richardson, D. D. (2019). Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Akron. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1563610112030263

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Richardson, Dionna D. “Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Akron. Accessed September 21, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1563610112030263.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Richardson, Dionna D. “Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean.” 2019. Web. 21 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Richardson DD. Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Akron; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 21]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1563610112030263.

Council of Science Editors:

Richardson DD. Purloined Subjects: Race, Gender, and the Legacies of Colonial Surveillance in the British Caribbean. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Akron; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1563610112030263

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