'To glut a menial's grudge': domestic servants and the Ilbert bill controversy of 1883

Dussart, Fae (2013) 'To glut a menial's grudge': domestic servants and the Ilbert bill controversy of 1883. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 14 (1). ISSN 1532-5768

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Abstract

This article focusses on a particular political controversy in India surrounding the Ilbert Bill of 1883, in which domestic servants had an unwitting and significant role. The response to the Bill in the Anglo-Indian community was vehemently hostile. By considering how the potential threat posed by Indian domestic servants to their English mistresses became a rhetorical stick for servant employers to beat the Government with, this article demonstrates the centrality of the servant/employer relationship to the intertwined gender, class, and racial assumptions of the English in India.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA010 British Empire. Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth
Depositing User: Fae Dussart
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 12:14
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 12:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49620

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