Remy Ollier and Imperial Citizenship

Nahaboo, Zaki (2018) Remy Ollier and Imperial Citizenship. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 20 (5). pp. 717-733. ISSN 1369-801X

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This essay discusses RémyOllier’s (1816–45) journalism. As an early claimant of citizenship through (rather than against) the British Empire during the 1840s, Ollier attempted to redress a gap that he perceived between the institutionalization of rights in Britain and Mauritius. Established accounts of Ollier’s political intervention provide a rich narrative of how his efforts are implicated in the development of rights in Mauritius and broader postcolonial nationalisms. However, I argue that facets of his expression of imperial citizenship reside apart from this genealogy. To explore how Ollier uniquely created imperial citizenship, an “acts”-influenced approach to citizenship is adopted. By analyzing his writings in La Sentinelle de Maurice, I reveal how imperial citizenship is generated through a subversive loyalism to Britain and an orientalist portrayal of indentured labourers. I conclude by mobilizing Ollier’s struggle as a challenge to the notion that citizenship realizes itself in teleological fashion.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 21 June 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship, imperialism, indentured labour, Mauritius, Ollier, Rémy, subaltern
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
V300 History by topic
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Zaki Nahaboo
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2019 10:31
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 13:48

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