Medicine, race and liberalism in British Bengal : symptoms of empire / Ishita Pande
- Pande, Ishita, 1976-
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- x, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Routledge studies in South Asian history ; 5
- Introduction : medicine, race and liberalism in British Bengal -- Race and place -- Diagnosing character : liberal racialism and the black Aryan -- Standard deviation : "national character," phrenology and a science of government -- Blood and morals -- Seeing reason : dissection, history of medicine and English education -- City and citizenship -- Sanitary subjects : fevers, filth and freedom in a dual city -- Sensing modernity : civility, class and citizenship in a sanitary city -- Sex and public -- Degenerate nation : sex, public and a government of self -- Epilogue : Bengali modern.
- "This book focuses on the entwinement of politics and medicine and power and knowledge in India during the age of empire. Using the powerful metaphor of 'pathology' - the science of the origin, nature, and course of diseases - the author develops and challenges a burgeoning literature on colonial medicine, moving beyond discussions of state medicine and the control of epidemics to everyday life, to show how medicine was a fundamental ideology of empire. Related to this point, and engaging with postcolonial histories of biopower and modernity, the book highlights the use of this racially grounded medicine in the formulation of modern selves and subjectivities in late colonial India. In tracing the cultural determinants of biological race theory and contextualizing the understanding of race as pathology, the book demonstrates how racialism was compatible with the ideologies and policies of imperial liberalism."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780415778152 (hbk. : alk. paper), 0415778158 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780203092194 (ebk.), and 0203092198 (ebk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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