Empire's daughters

Girlhood, whiteness, and the colonial project

By Elizabeth Dillenburg

Empire's daughters
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  • ISBN: 9781526163516
  • Publish Date: Sep 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6351-6
    • Pages: 280
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: September 2024
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism


    Girlhood and whiteness in the British empire traces the interconnected histories of girlhood, whiteness, and British colonialism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through the study of the Girls' Friendly Society. The society functioned as both a youth organisation and emigration society, making it especially valuable in examining girls' multifaceted participation with the empire. The book charts the emergence of the organisation during the late Victorian era through its height in the first decade of the twentieth century to its decline in the interwar years. Employing a multi-sited approach and using a range of sources-including correspondences, newsletters, and scrapbooks-the book uncovers the ways in which girls participated in the empire as migrants, settlers, laborers, and creators of colonial knowledge and also how they resisted these prescribed roles and challenged systems of colonial power.


    Introduction: Constructing and contesting girlhood and whiteness in the British empire

    1 Purity and the origins of the Girls' Friendly Society

    2 Imperial education programs and the construction of colonial knowledge and racial difference

    3 Class, race, and competing objectives within girls' emigration programs

    4 Contested ideas of whiteness and race in the Girls' Friendly Society

    5 Shifting colonial relations and ideas of girlhood and the decline of the Girls' Friendly Society


    Appendix: List of key figures in the Girls' Friendly Society


    Elizabeth Dillenburg is an Assistant Professor of History at The Ohio State University at Newark

    Empire's daughters

    By Elizabeth Dillenburg

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