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Type: Conference paper
Title: Paradoxical white: Imperial and postcolonial sugar
Author: Knight, G.
Citation: Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity / L. Boucher, J. Carey, K. Ellinghaus (eds.): pp. 346-354
Publisher: RMIT Publishing
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2007
Conference Name: Historicising Whiteness Conference (Nov. 2006 : Melbourne, Australia)
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Knight, G Roger
Abstract: This paper explores the theme of whiteness in the modern history of a leading global commodity. It argues two things. First, that the history of industrially produced white sugar is deeply imbricated with late colonial discourses about race and ethnicity. Second, and somewhat paradoxically, that white sugar came to share in a ‘modernity of whiteness’ that carried it apparently effortlessly into the postcolonial, erstwhile Third World, in the delineation of whose ‘difference’ it had earlier been deeply complicit. Its primary focus is hence on two issues: the imperial history of sugar in the late colonial era and the commodity’s subsequent, postcolonial transformation.
Subject: Sugar trade -- Australia.;
Postcolonialism -- Australia.;
Whites -- Race identity -- Australia.;
Australia -- Race relations -- History.;
Sugar -- Manufacture and refining -- Australia
Description: © 2008 RMIT Publishing
RMID: 0020075545
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