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Title:Social Production of Hygiene: Domesticity, Gender, and Nationalism in Late Colonial Bengal and India
Author(s):Prasad, Srirupa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Winifred Poster
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:My dissertation shows how hygiene became a powerful cultural mechanism and was at the heart of nationalist imaginings of the domestic (family, community, and society at large). What is crucial to understand is not only how the emerging ideologies of a nation were intricately tied to health, well-being, or an imagined community, but also how this exercise laid bare the fragments and limitations of nationalism as an ideal, particularly along fissures of class, caste, region, and gender. The modalities in and through which hygiene became an object of knowledge and an important force in ordering domesticity, in the nationalist imagination, were based on discourses of purity, order, reproduction, regeneration, restraint, and regulation. It is important to note here that these modalities constituted a very different ordering mechanism as compared to the medical-scientific discourse of modern and public colonial institutions in India.
Issue Date:2006
Description:198 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223694
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2006

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