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Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora

Chandra D. Bhimull


This book is a historical and anthropological study of the racial dimensions of airline travel. It analyzes the colonial beginnings of a seemingly national airline: British Airways. It focuses on the airline’s inauguration as Imperial Airways in the 1920s to its rebranding as the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the 1930s. It pays particular attention to the role that the colonial Caribbean played in the making of transatlantic airline travel, a region that is often left out of early air travel history. Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic research that was carried out on the ... More

Keywords: history and anthropology, airline travel, colonialism, empire, imagination, Imperial Airways, love, race, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chandra D. Bhimull, author
Colby College

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