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Title:'A generous dream, but difficult to realize': the Anglo-African community of Nyasaland, 1929-1940
Author:Lee, Christopher J.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:61
Issue:2
Pages:19-41
Language:English
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:racially mixed persons
group identity
minority groups
colonial policy
1930-1939
History, Archaeology
Malawi--History
Racially mixed people
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779265
Abstract:This essay is concerned with the foundation and early challenges of the Anglo-African community of Nyasaland (now Malawi) during the 1930s. The total size of this population was small, but a central contention of the essay is the significance of such marginal communities. Another important central concern is to outline local rationales of self-understanding against the southern African regional backdrop. Questions of identity and status are explored with specific attention to the discursive manifestations of Anglo-African identity formation. The essay also shows how, motivated by the possibility of social advancement, the Anglo-African Association of Nyasaland attempted to define a new community unique to the colonial period. Providing a focal point, the issue of separate education was of particular importance to the community during this period. Two instances, the first in 1933 and the second in 1934 and both involving the drive for separate education, are used to demonstrate the ways in which Anglo-African identity developed through a local process of Creolization. Attention is also paid to the Nyasaland administration's responses. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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