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Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire

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Specters of Mother India tells the complex story of one episode that became the tipping point for an important historical transformation. The event at the center of the book is the massive international controversy that followed the 1927 publication of Mother India, an exposé written by the American journalist Katherine Mayo. Mother India provided graphic details of a vari ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published July 12th 2006 by Duke University Press Books (first published May 28th 2006)
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Jecca Namakkal
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I've ever read. Sinha addresses the effects of colonial discourse on a global scale, while argung that Indian women used debates over their sexuality to argue for individual rights. I reference it at least three times a week in various converstaions.
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
In 1927, Katherine Mayo published Mother India, a book-length piece of character assassination against Indian self-government. The controversy over Mayo's book occurred within and shaped a changing balance of forces. After the First World War, the increased prominence of the United States in world affairs contributed to making Britain particularly sensitive to American opinion. Nationalists in India also had a wave of changes in the government of the empire's other holdings to look to, such as t ...more
Ayesha Nusrat
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Specters of Mother India" by Mrinalini Sinha is an enriched narrative and a radical biography of Katherine Mayo’s hugely controversial Mother India and its checkered afterlife in socio-political debates, both in India and abroad. Scholars interested in post- and anti-colonial events and issues, in the history and contribution of the women’s movement in India, in early twentieth-century transnational feminist networks and organizations, will all find this book a rewarding read.
morning Os
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very clever and theoretically tuned work. The introduction was the most brilliant, it ties all the strings together under the Mayo's controversy. I hoped to depart from there and move beyond the controversy itself in later chapters so I got a little tired afterwards when that pivot never changes up to epilogue.
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