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Pamela S. Nadell and Kate Haulman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758908.001.0001

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Women’s and Gender History in Modern India

Women’s and Gender History in Modern India

Researching the Past, Reflecting on the Present

(p.161) 7 Women’s and Gender History in Modern India
Making Women's Histories

Mytheli Sreenivas

NYU Press

This chapter examines the gendered nature of modernity in the case of India by tracing the trajectory of Indian women's historiography in the late twentieth century. More specifically, it explores the complex relationship between historical pasts and contemporary contexts and its implications for women's and gender history in modern India. It begins with a discussion of how the writing of Indian women's history has been intertwined with both British colonialism and anticolonial nationalism. It then considers the consequences of nationalism and national liberation movements for the field of women's history and how colonial and anticolonial forces took up the “woman question.” It also looks at the historiography of women and gender in modern India as a means to address women's oppression as well as colonial and postcolonial modernity.

Keywords:   gender, modernity, India, Indian women, women's history, colonialism, anticolonial nationalism, woman question, women's oppression, gender history

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