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Agency, periodisation and change in the gender and women's history of colonial India

Anagol, Padma ORCID: 2008. Agency, periodisation and change in the gender and women's history of colonial India. Gender and History 20 (3) , pp. 603-627. 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2008.00539.x

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The paper begins with a critique of the ‘imperialism-nationalism’ paradigm and its concomitant privileging of the period 1885–1947, which has dominated the writing of modern Indian history. It is argued here that the fixation with the ‘birth-of-the-nation’ theme has led to the neglect of women's agency; that it has resulted in many inconsistencies, dilemmas and unresolved issues regarding a range of topics within Indian gender-relations; and that this periodisation inhibits the reclamation of terms such as ‘feminist’ and ‘feminism’. The second half of the essay proposes that women's agency can be recovered via a new chronology and a new template for understanding agency within which scholars will be enabled to retrieve the conscious voices of Indian women and record change in gender relations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 0953-5233
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:23

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