Colonial vs settler colonial citizenship: Irina Spector-Marks, ‘“The Indian’s Own Magna Carta”: Britishness and imperial citizenship in diasporic print culture, 1900–1914’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 16, 3, 2015
Abstract: In 1914, the Vancouver paper The Hindustanee attacked Canadian immigration officials for violating Indians’ rights which were given to them “on the banks of the Runnymede” at the signing of the Magna Carta. This article contextualizes that claim by examining invocations of the Magna Carta as an integral part of Indians’ response to colonial anti-Asian legislation in the twentieth century. Imperial citizenship functioned for Indians as a Whitening device, offering by implication access to a package of values and rights that connoted Britishness. The racialized meanings of “imperial citizenship” emerged in a print culture that was simultaneously diasporic and imperial.
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