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dc.contributor.authorTan, Benjamin RY
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-07T23:30:06Z
dc.date.available2022-06-07T23:30:06Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.issn1474-8851
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/337888
dc.description.abstractL. T. Hobhouse (1864–1929) is most familiar today as a leading theorist of British new liberalism. This article recovers and examines his overlooked commentary on the concept and rhetoric of race, which constituted part of his better-known project of advancing an authoritative account of liberal doctrine. His writings during and after the South African War, I argue, represent a prominent effort to cast liberalism as compatible with both imperial rule and what he called ‘the idea of racial equality’. A properly liberal empire, he asserted, would dissolve the colour line. This article traces the arguments Hobhouse advanced to make this claim, and explores his motivations for doing so. I contend that Hobhouse drew on the idiom of race as a form of exclusionary rhetoric, to delegitimise rival accounts of liberal empire and to cast his own as properly cosmopolitan. This recovery, I suggest, offers payoffs for our understanding of both Hobhouse’s political thought and, more broadly, the uses of ‘race’ in twentieth-century liberalism.
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleDissolving the colour line: L. T. Hobhouse on race and liberal empire
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-05-23T12:53:03Z
prism.endingPage22
prism.publicationDate2022
prism.publicationNameEuropean Journal of Political theory
prism.startingPage1
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.85294
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-03-24
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/14748851221093451
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dc.identifier.eissn1741-2730
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2022-05-16
cam.depositDate2022-05-23
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