Bryan, Patrick E.
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History; Faculty of Arts and Education
The white minority in Jamaica at the end of the nineteenth century
Johnson, Howard; Watson, Karl
The white minority in the Caribbean
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Presents a picture of a socially differentiated white community which was, however, aware of existing 'in an island of dark men'. Analyses the attitudes of the white minority on race and its relations with the rest of the colonial population, placing them in the intellectual framework of late nineteenth-century Social Darwinism and Positivism. Suggests that there was no single position on how the black majority should be treated although there was general concurrence on its cultural and racial inferiority. Members of the white community possessed, in the Jamaican context, social authority regardless of their class position or occupation. Finally argues that they saw themselves as Englishmen regardless of the length of their association with the island, identifying more directly with their property than with their fellow Jamaicans.....