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Title Confronting the body : the politics of physicality in colonial and post-colonial India / edited by James H. Mills and Satadru Sen
Published London : Anthem Press, 2004


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Description ix, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Anthem South Asian studies
Anthem South Asian studies.
Contents 1. Body, text, nation : writing the physically fit body in post-colonial India / Joseph S. Alter -- 2. "A parcel of dummies?" : sport and body in Indian history / Paul Dimeo --3. Schools, athletics and confrontation : the student body in colonial India / Satadru Sen -- 4. Body as target, violence as treatment : psychiatric regimes in colonial and post-colonial India / James H. Mills -- 5. The Lotah emuetes of 1855 : caste, religion, and prisons in North India in the early 19th century / Anand A. Yang -- 6. The body at work : colonial art education and the figure of the "native craftsman" / Deepali Dewan -- 7. Making a Dravidian hero : the body and identity politics in the Dravidian movement / Nimmi Rangaswamy -- 8. Describing the body : the writing of sex and gender identity for the contemporary Bengali woman / Srimatu Basu -- 9. A perfect 10 - "modern and Indian" : representations of the body in beauty pageants and the visual media in contemporary India / Shoma Munshi -- 10. Demographic rhetoric and sexual surveillance : Indian middle-class advocates of birth control, 1902-1940s / Sanjam Ahluwalia
Summary "The human body in modern South Asia is a continuous political enterprise. The body was central to the project of British colonialism as well as to the Indian response to colonial rule. By constructing British bodies as normative and disciplined, and Indian bodies as deviant and undisciplined, the British could construct an ideology of their own fitness for political power and for the defence of colonialism itself. The politics of physicality was then manifested in reverse in many ways, not least through Gandhi's use of his body as a public experiment in discipline, and a living rejection of British rule and norms of physicality."--Back cover
Notes Based partly on the Conference "Representing the Body in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia", held at Purdue University, Indiana, Feb. 2001
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Human body -- Political aspects -- India.
Political culture -- India -- History.
Human body -- Social aspects -- India.
Human body -- Symbolic aspects -- India.
Human body -- Social aspects.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
British India -- Attitudes
Author Sen, Satadru.
Mills, James H., 1970-
Conference "Representing the Body in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia" (2001 : Purdue University)
LC no. 2004381752
ISBN 1843310325
1843310333 paperback