Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Science, race relations and resistanceBritain, 1870-1914$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Douglas A. Lorimer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719033575

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719033575.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see http://www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 25 September 2017

From colour prejudice to race relations

From colour prejudice to race relations

Chapter:
(p.163) Chapter Five From colour prejudice to race relations
Source:
Science, race relations and resistance
Author(s):

Douglas Lorimer

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719033575.003.0005

The language of race relations originated with the abolitionist movement. By the 1830s, the phrase ‘colour prejudice’ described a disturbing legacy of slavery. In 1837, a parliamentary commission reported on the destructive impact of colonialism on aboriginal peoples, and defended the natural rights of indigenous ‘nations’ or ‘natives’. The Aborigines Protection Society (APS) took up the cause proclaiming equality before the law of all British subjects regardless of race. For many, the philanthropists’ language was inadequate, and the case for protected but unequal status advanced along with the discourse of separate development. The APS continued to lobby for legal equality, but that equality was potential not actual, for the agency assumed colonised subjects would assimilate to Victorian civilised modernity. Institutionalised racism in democratic America invited British comparisons to caste in India. As imperialism brought the tropics into the world economy, generic terms such as ‘coloured races’, ‘non-Europeans’, and ‘non-whites’ described the global racial hierarchy of the twentieth century. By1910, a new and enduring phrase, ‘race relations’, addressed the management of inequality in the multi-racial communities created by the colonisation of aboriginal peoples, by race slavery, and by the forced and voluntary migration of colonised subjects.

Keywords:   language, anti-slavery, colour prejudice, natives, liberalism and inequality, civilised/uncivilised, race relations

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.