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Whiteness, Masculinity and the Ambivalent Embodiment of ‘British Justice’ in Colonial Burma

Saha, Jonathan (2017) 'Whiteness, Masculinity and the Ambivalent Embodiment of ‘British Justice’ in Colonial Burma.', Cultural and Social History, 14 (4). pp. 527-542.


When British judges in colonial South Asia attempted to perform their duties with detached objectivity they were also performatively enacting a particular construction of imperial white masculinity. This was an ambivalent embodied enactment. When the figure of the objective judge was confronted by critics as white and male, its claims to be objective were under threat. As a result of this ambivalence, it was an imperial white masculinity that could not name itself. Instead, it was a white masculinity constructed through a differentiation that was made with feminised, non-white bodies that were deemed partial.

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Publisher statement:© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date deposited:25 October 2021
Date of first online publication:19 May 2017
Date first made open access:25 October 2021

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