‘Practical imperialism’
Thomas Sedgwick and imperial emigration
in Imperial citizenship
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This chapter analyses the views of English social worker Thomas Sedgwick on imperial citizenship. Sedgwick believed that emigration was a case of imperial citizenship at work and he advocated for the so-called practical imperialism. However, an analysis of Sedgwick's assisted emigration work demonstrated that the social imperialist programme of fostering a common imperial citizenship based upon a social ideal of ‘Britishness’ proved no more successful than did the broad church approach of Richard Jebb or John Buchan, the ethnic ‘whiteness’ of Arnold White, or the centralist political approach of Lionel Curtis.

Imperial citizenship

Empire and the question of belonging

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