Missionary Discourses of Difference

Negotiating Otherness in the British Empire, 1840–1900

  • Esme Cleall

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Difference and Discourse in the British Empire

  3. Families and Households: Difference and Domesticity

  4. Sickness and the Embodiment of Difference

  5. Violence and Racialisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-122
    2. Esme Cleall
      Pages 123-141
  6. Conclusion: Thinking with Missionaries, Thinking about Difference

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-243

About this book


Missionary Discourse examines missionary writings from India and southern Africa to explore colonial discourses about race, religion, gender and culture. The book is organised around three themes: family, sickness and violence, which were key areas of missionary concern, and important axes around which colonial difference was forged.


Africa British Empire India Southern Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Esme Cleall
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-33398-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-03239-3
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