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Selections from Mother India

Katherine Mayo (Author) Mrinalini Sinha (Editor)
Synopsis "Dismissed by Gandhi as a 'gutter inspector's report, Katherine Mayo's Mother India created a storm of controversy when it was first published in the late twenties. In her introduction to this work Mrinalini Sinha locates the debate over Mother India in the broader context of the politics of its production and reception and examines its impact on the 'woman question' outside India. The controversy over the book not only facilitated the passage of the Child Marriage Restraint Act in 1929, but also contributed, in the response of Indian women themselves, to the emergence of a so-called 'authentic voice of Indian womanhood'. Sinha analyses the imperialistic-nationalistic context for the emergence of a politics of middle class Indian feminism in the Mother India controversy and traces the legacy of this history on contemporary efforts to address the kinds of oppressive social practices that were highlighted in Mayo's book."
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Bibliographic information

Title Selections from Mother India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kali for Women
Language: English
isbn 8185107262
length vi+298p., 23cm.