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Gender and Empire$
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Philippa Levine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001

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Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century

Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century

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Gender and Empire
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Catherine Hall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the specificities of the British Empire, mapping it as a field of gender relations. Metropolitan discourses claimed power across nation and Empire, and the emphasis here is on the ways in which Britons tried to shape their own lives, and those of subject peoples, in varied sites of Empire. The chapter also focuses on the set of related colonial discourses which constructed India as a degraded place in need of civilization, and which utilized the figure of the Indian woman, and particularly the Hindu woman, as the index of Indian society's desperate need for help.

Keywords:   British Empire, gender relations, Britons, civilization, Hindu woman, Indian society

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