Hugh Morrison
Search for other papers by Hugh Morrison in
Current site
Google Scholar
Private navigations
Missionary children inhabiting imperial and colonial spaces
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

This final chapter returns to the spaces inhabited by children, namely those constructed through imperial and colonial processes. It returns more explicitly to thinking of such spaces as complex ‘sites’ experienced by children and which were simultaneously physically, socio-spatially and emotionally constructed. Drawing again primarily on children’s autobiographical material, it argues that children physically, mentally and emotionally navigated their way within and between a range of imperial sites, wittingly or unwittingly mediating empire or militating against it at various points. Three areas of emphasis are considered by way of indicative illustration. One is children’s relationships with Indigenous mission personnel, especially those with child-minding roles like the ayah in India or amah in China. A second is mobility as a way of living in empire, creating porous boundaries between places and complicating such notions as ‘home’ and ‘abroad’. The third is missionary architecture, using one child’s response in China to missionary parents’ appropriation of traditional religious or cultural spaces as a case study. Overall, this chapter considers such spaces as ‘feeling spaces’ and as further examples of the ‘emotional frontiers’ encountered and navigated by missionary children.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.



All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 59 59 11
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Downloads 0 0 0