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Empire, Media, and the Autonomous WomanA Feminist Critique of Postcolonial Thought$
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Esha Niyogi De

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072553.001.0001

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Autonomy as Reproductive Labour

Autonomy as Reproductive Labour

The Neoliberal Woman and Visual Networks of Empire

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Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman

Esha Niyogi De

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies a neoliberal globalized world that is mostly self-governed and technologically advanced. When transnationalizing India and Bengal, the norms of personal and group autonomy are considered and are also tailored to fit a wider social spectrum. Careful readings of theatre, television, and the internet in Bengal and selected Indian diasporas reveal that these new technologies of aesthetic cohesively network with dominant self-images and resource structures. The neoliberal canons of femininity are discussed along with the redomestication of women and homes and flexible canonicity in the nation-state. Amra, which is a well-received television film made in 1998, is studied in the first section of this chapter. The film portrays many empowered women, and presents the ideals of the millennial Bengali woman who is flourishing under the new liberal economic order of India.

Keywords:   neoliberal globalized world, personal autonomy, group autonomy, Indian diasporas, technologies of aesthetic, dominant self-images, resource structures, neoliberal canons of femininity, flexible canonicity, redomestication of women

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