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Forgotten FriendsMonks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India$
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Indrani Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198089223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198089223.001.0001

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Undoing Gender?

Undoing Gender?

Restoring Motherhood and Merit

(p.287) 6 Undoing Gender?
Forgotten Friends

Indrani Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter locates the military imperatives that led to British colonial officers deleting references to women laborers in the lower Brahmaputra region. The erasure of women enabled a colonial regime to obscure the doubled sexual and labor extractions of their occupation of the hills. Such occupation exhausted the energies of the erstwhile monastic subjects, and of the flexibility of the older geographic order. In order to recover, these communities willingly sought medical assistance from missionary Christian bodies in the same region. Thus began the slow restoration of the old monastic order, but under a different lineage of monks – these were the Christian fathers.

Keywords:   laborers, gender, christianity

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