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Gendering of Public and Private Selves in Colonial Times

Tanika Sarkar

in India and the British Empire

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199259885
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259885.003.0012

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

Gendering of Public and Private Selves in Colonial Times

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The chapter looks at various modern cultural, material, and political sites where masculine and feminine identities as well as gender relationships came to be reconfigured in colonial times. It shows how such reconfigurations depended to a large degree upon Indian initiatives and understandings, although these in turn operated within the constraints and possibilities opened up by colonial rule. Colonialism produced a range of legal and social reforms, introduced new labour regimes, encouraged educational challenges, and triggered political mobilization amongst various communities.

Keywords: modernity; gender; gendered identities; selfhood; masculinities; feminities; familial prescriptions; legal norms

Chapter.  11083 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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