Thinking From a Place Called London: The Metropolis and Colonial Culture, 1837-1907'

Show simple item record Barnes, Felicity en 2012-04-18T04:18:07Z en 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of New Zealand Studies 12(Special Issue):107-123 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract In April 1907, at the Colonial Conference in London, the premiers of the white selfgoverning colonies met with members of the imperial govermnent to reconcile two apparently conflicting objectives: to gain greater acknowledgement of their de facto political autonomy, and cormnitment to strengthening imperial unity. 1 The outcomes of this conference tend to be cast in constitutional and political terms, but this process also renegotiated the cultural boundaries of empire. The white settler colonies sought to clarify their position within the empire, by, on the one hand, asserting equal status with Britain, and, on the other, emphasizing the distinction between themselves and the dependent colonies.2 In doing so they invoked and reinforced a hierarchical version of empire. This hierarchy, underpinned by ideas of separation and similarity, would be expressed vividly in the conference's outcomes, first in the rejection of the term 'colonial' as a name for future conferences. These were redesignated, inaccurately, as 'imperial', not 'colonial', elevating their status as it narrowed their participation.3 'Imperial' might be metropolitan, but 'colonial' was always peripheral. Whilst the first Colonial Conference, held in 1887, had included Crown colonies along with the self-governing kinds, 4 20 years later the former were no longer invited, and India, or, more precisely, the India Office and its officials, was only a marginal presence. 5 As wider participation declined, imperial govermnent involvement increased. From 1907 the conference was to be chaired by the British prime minister. This pattern was repeated in changes to the Colonial Office itself. The self-governing colonies used the same conference to press for a separate dominion, not colonial, form of imperial administration. en
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of New Zealand Studies en
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dc.title Thinking From a Place Called London: The Metropolis and Colonial Culture, 1837-1907' en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue Special Issue en
pubs.begin-page 107 en
pubs.volume 12 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Victoria University of Wellington en en
pubs.end-page 123 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 306822 en Arts en Humanities en History en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-02-29 en

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