Colonialism, Nationalism, and Colonialized Women: The Contest in India

TitleColonialism, Nationalism, and Colonialized Women: The Contest in India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsChatterjee, Partha
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume16
Issue4
Pagination622-633
Date Published11/1989
Abstract

Colonial texts condemned the treatment of women in India by identifying a scriptural tradition. The nationalist response was to construct a reformed tradition and defend it on the grounds of modernity. In the process, it created the image of a new woman who was superior to Western women, traditional Indian women and lowclass women. This new patriarchy invested women with the dubious honor of representing a distinctively modern national culture. Themes include colonialist discourse, nationalism, gender construction, and cultural modernity.

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