Mary A. Procida
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Anglo-Indian women's involvement in sports in the Indian empire, their aptitude for hunting and shooting reveals the interdependence and interaction of the social construction of gender and the dictates of British imperialism. 'Sport was an obsession in British India', replete with practical and symbolic import for Anglo-Indians and colonized peoples. Sports enabled the British to 'keep the flag flying', for the edification and intimidation of the colonized peoples, providing a demonstration of the courage, vitality, and physical prowess of the imperial race. Women's involvement in a sport normally associated with men had important symbolic implications for British imperialism in India. British rule in India was, according to the official imperial line, subject to few challenges from the colonized peoples, who supposedly recognized and accepted the civilizing benefits of the Raj and its Pax Britannica.

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Married to the empire

Gender, politics and imperialism in India, 1883–1947


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