Rémy Ollier and Imperial Citizenship

Nahaboo, Zaki (2018) Rémy Ollier and Imperial Citizenship. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. ISSN 1469-929X (Accepted for Publication)

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This essay discusses Rémy Ollier’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
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Zaki Nahaboo
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 13:01
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 13:01
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2539

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