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Author Gonsalves, Peter

Title Khadi : Gandhi's mega symbol of subversion / Peter Gonsalves
Published Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE Publications, ©2012


Description 1 online resource
Contents Part 1: Subverting the self. The Passion to Be an 'English Gentleman' (1869-1891) ; In Search of Sartorial Significance (1892-1913) ; 'Unclothing' of the Mahatma (1914-1948). -- Part 2: Eco-political subversion. The Rape of India ; Gandhi's Eco-political Subversion ; Controversy. -- Part 3: Psycho-cultural subversion. Inferiorisation of the People ; Gandhi's Psycho-cultural Subversion ; Controversy. -- Part 4: Socio-religious subversion-untouchability. India's Shame ; Gandhi's Socio-religious Subversion-Untouchability ; Controversy. -- Part 5: Socio-religion subversion-militancy. India's Schism ; Gandhi's Socio-religious Subversion-Militancy ; Controversy. -- Part 6: The philosophy of Gandhian subversion through Khadi. Foundational Principles of Gandhian Subversion ; The Metaphysics of Khadi ; Conclusion. -- Appendix -- Glossary of Sanskrit and Indian Vocabulary -- Timeline of Gandhi and the Swadeshi Movement
Summary "Khadi: Gandhi's Mega Symbol of Subversion investigates the power of a symbol to qualitatively transform society, studying Mahatma Gandhi's use of clothing as a metaphor for unity, empowerment and liberation from imperial subjugation. Bringing together historical evidence of Gandhi's search for a semiotics of attire in his quest for personal integrity and socio-political change, this book elaborates on the subversion underlying Gandhi's sartorial communication from a multidisciplinary perspective. It brings out the complexity of the issue in diverse contexts such as British Empire and the Indian National Congress, Hindu-Muslim tension, the urban-rural divide, and Ambedkar and untouchability. Following a philosophical discourse, the book provides contextual analysis of the symbolic potential of khadi, investigating it not as mere 'revolution' or 'sedition', but as a sustained strategy towards achieving purna swaraj. Photographs, illustrations and an extensive appendix enrich the historical nature of the study, making it useful for scholars in various fields of study."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 -- Clothing
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand 1869-1948
Clothing and dress -- Symbolic aspects -- India
Clothing and dress -- Political aspects -- India
Khadi -- India -- History
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Beauty & Grooming.
Clothing and dress
Clothing and dress -- Symbolic aspects
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9788132110637