in Colonial masculinity
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This book traces the impact of colonial masculinity in four specific controversies. They are 'white mutiny' against the Ilbert Bill, the official government response to the Native Volunteer movement, the recommendations of the Public Service Commission of 1886, and the Indian opposition to the Age of Consent Bill. The controversies examined in the book do indeed underscore the many different axes for the construction of colonial masculinity in the late nineteenth century. The argument of the book proceeds from two basic assumptions. The first is that the categories of the coloniser and colonised are not fixed or self-evident categories. The second assumption of the book is that the contours of colonial masculinity were shaped in the context of an imperial social formation that included both Britain and India. The book draws upon recent scholarship that re-thinks the 'Orientalist' enterprise and the critiques of Orientalism from a historical materialist perspective.

Colonial masculinity

The ‘Manly Englishman’ and the ‘Effeminate Bengali’ in the Late Nineteenth Century


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