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Madness and marginalityThe lives of Kenya's White insane$
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Will Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088896

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088896.001.0001

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‘No ordinary chaps’: class, gender and the licensing of transgression

‘No ordinary chaps’: class, gender and the licensing of transgression

(p.45) Chapter Two ‘No ordinary chaps’: class, gender and the licensing of transgression
Madness and marginality

Will Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the social history of deviance amongst Europeans in colonial Kenya. In order to contain deviance within manageable bounds, it argues, a practical project of social control was combined with a discursive neutralisation of what might otherwise bring colonial rule into disrepute. Combining attention to cultural production with analysis of social control mechanisms reveals the salience of gender and class in the protection of a salutary white settler identity. The chapter approaches critically Kenya's outstanding reputation as a place of colonial eccentricity. It reconstructs that reputation within a narrative that highlights the changing nature of colonial society through a history of the treatment – by state and society – of deviants themselves.

Keywords:   Poor Whites, Social control, Deportation, Happy Valley, Eccentricity, Gender

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