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Domestic service and colonial mastery in the tropics
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The Introduction argues that studying the colonial home and the relationships within it provides crucial insight into the colonial project. The colonial home was a contact zone in which European colonists, non-white migrants and Indigenous populations came together, most often through the domestic service relationship. Rather than a case of unquestioned mastery and devoted servitude, relationships between masters and servants had the potential not only to affirm but also destabilise colonial power relations. The introduction outlines how the book reinvigorates the study of colonial intimacy by drawing attention to issues which have been neglected in the literature including; the significance of non-European homes, the importance of masculinities, colonial anxieties about interracial homosexual encounters and, the ways in which colonial homes changed over time. This will be achieved by studying mastery and servitude in the neighbouring tropical British colonies of Singapore and Darwin, considering them within a transcolonial network of connection and exchange. The introduction concludes by arguing that the process of comparing an exploitation colony and a settler colony provides an opportunity for a fundamental rethinking of the politics of colonial intimacy, revealing specificities and broad patterns as well as the sharing of ideas and cultural practices between colonies.

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