Body, Crown, Territory: Geocorpographies of the British Monarchy and White Settler Sovereignty

  • Holly Randell-Moon


Drawing on Joseph Pugliese’s term ‘geocorpography’ (2007), this chapter explains how the settler colonisation of Commonwealth nations reinforces the centrality of a white, Protestant body to sovereign forms of power. I focus on recent changes to succession laws in the United Kingdom, which no longer require a male to inherit the throne and remove the prohibition on heirs marrying Catholic spouses, to explain how whiteness and Protestant Christianity remain crucial to the geopolitical and corporeal exercise of Crown authority even as this authority is made compatible with liberal secular conceptions of “equal rights”.


Settler State Parliamentary Democracy Social Body Religious Tolerance Commonwealth Country 
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  • Holly Randell-Moon
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  1. 1.Department of Media, Film and CommunicationUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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