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Muscular NationalismGender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland, 1914-2004$
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Sikata Banerjee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789766

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789766.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Women and Muscular Nationalism: Some Final Thoughts

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(p.163) Conclusion
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Muscular Nationalism
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Sikata Banerjee

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789766.003.0007

This concluding chapter argues that by studying the gendered dynamic articulated by the binary of martial man versus chaste woman in muscular nationalism, the book uncovered the power of masculinities that use the process of effeminization to subordinate bodies. For instance, the effeminization and simianization of Irish and Bengali men under the British gaze illustrate the manner in which imperial authority used this power to justify political presence. In addition, the expectations of chastity and virtue disseminate a narrative that constricts women's lives by imposing certain norms of modesty and virtue. Thus, most of the female political lives discussed in the book express the difficulty of engaging with these norms.

Keywords:   gendered dynamic, martial man, chaste woman, muscular nationalism, effeminization

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