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Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century

Hall, C; (2011) Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century. In: Gender and Empire.

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Abstract

© Oxford University Press, 2013. All Rights Reserved. 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.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century
ISBN-13: 9780199249503
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.003.0003
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12390
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