Introduction
Mapping the tyranny
in Sex, politics and empire
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the spatial dynamics of power with respect to the contested regulation of sexuality. It explains, most metropolitan purity movements were English rather than British, and 'English' was generally invoked in purity rhetoric and used to describe 'national' activist organisations. The book explores the power of geographical imagination for activism and criticism to bring a new dimension to histories of empire and sexuality. It contributes to broader postcolonial projects, particularly those concerned with an analysis of imperial power, a critique of Eurocentric ways of seeing and the development of a postcolonial geography. The book presents free-standing exploration of spatial politics and of the spatiality of imperialism, which explores Josephine Butler's claim that geographical perspectives may open up new fields of understanding and political action.

Sex, politics and empire

A Postcolonial Geography

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