Mary A. Procida
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Home is where the empire is
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The reality of the Anglo-Indian home differed markedly in both its practical and symbolic manifestations from the segregated domestic space. The most private and intimate spaces of the colonizers were themselves colonized by the demands of empire. The Raj drafted home and housewife into the professional service of empire and subordinated the private functions of domesticity to the public demands of imperialism. The reconceptualization of the home placed Anglo-Indian domestic space at the centre of imperial politics. The politicized imperial home stood in sharp contrast to the ideal of middle-class British domesticity that had developed from the late-eighteenth century onwards in the metropole. In India, the home was not primarily an instrument of social evaluation and exclusion but was rather a vehicle for the inclusion and integration of the official Anglo-Indian community.

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Married to the empire

Gender, politics and imperialism in India, 1883–1947


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