Mother India

“This book takes as its point of departure the popular translation of "gender” as “woman” in the study of gender and nationalism, in which the norms of masculinity often come to bear an implicit givenness. In the conversation about how women as raced and ethnicized subjects often come to represent both the colonized landscape and the nation (“the motherland”) in colonialnial and nationalist discourse, as many critics from Sangeeta Ray to Anne McClintock and Partha Chatterjee have valuably illuminated, this book intervenes with attention to the role of men as gendered subjects, and to the production of sexuality and intimacy in the postcolonial public sphere discourses about belonging and nationality. In her critique of law and the postcolonial state, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan has recently elaborated the complex dispossessions engendered by the contemporary inter-articulation of differences of ethnicity, class, and age in women’s experience of citizenship in the postcolonial Indian state.“
~Kavita Daiya

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