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Imperial SpacesPlacing the Irish and Scots in Colonial Australia$
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Lindsay J. Proudfoot and Dianne P. Hall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078378

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078378.001.0001

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(Re)presenting empire

(Re)presenting empire

(p.14) Chapter 2 (Re)presenting empire
Imperial Spaces

Lindsay Proudfoot

Dianne Hall

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the recent historical and geographical literature on empire and colonialism. It argues that the historical literature has remained largely immune to the idea that different social and cultural constructions of space and place might play an instrumental role in colonial identity formation. In particular, it examines the encounter between postcolonial theory and British imperial history per se. The complex intimacies between race, gender and representation have long been common currency in the new imperial history of the non-white empire. Various studies have pointed to the power and tenacity of the subjective colonial geographies created and sustained by different imperial claims to truth. The new imperial history remains remarkably immune to the seductive charms of geography's irredentist claims concerning the inherent spatiality of the human condition. Ethnic performances were integral to some at least of the settler place-narratives created by the Irish and Scots.

Keywords:   empire, colonialism, colonial identity, postcolonial theory, British imperial history, race, gender

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