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The book explores diverse aspects related to the white woman's experience of colonialism in India during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. One of its central concerns and areas of inquiry was the sphere of gendered transactions across the race divide. In the colonial imaginary, the 'native' woman tended to be simplified into the monolithic figure of the 'oppressed zenana woman', but our readings of various encounters brought out instead the complexities among 'native' women from various regions. The book demonstrates how the colonial 'medical gaze' served to reinforce colonial patriarchies. It also explores the white woman's race, class and gender interactions in colonial India. The book discusses a range of inter-related issues which emanate from the central locus of the European woman's contradictory position/location in the colony.

Gendered transactions

The white woman in colonial India, c. 1820–1930


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