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Masters and servants: Cultures of empire in the tropics

Claire Lowrie


Masters and servants explores the politics of colonial mastery and domestic servitude in the neighbouring British tropical colonies of Singapore and Darwin. Like other port cities throughout Southeast Asia, Darwin and Singapore were crossroads where goods, ideas, cultures and people from the surrounding regions mixed and mingled via the steam ships lines. The focus of this book is on how these connections produced a common tropical colonial culture in these sites. A key element of this shared culture was the presence of a multiethnic entourage of domestic servants in colonial homes and a commo ... More

Keywords: domestic service, houseboys, tropical colonialism, British empire, Chinese, Singapore, Darwin, white Australia, transcolonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095337
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Lowrie, author
University of Wollongong