Nationalism, Modernity, and the “Woman Question” in India and China

Seth, Sanjay. 2013. Nationalism, Modernity, and the “Woman Question” in India and China. The Journal of Asian Studies, 72(2), pp. 273-297. ISSN 0021-9118 [Article]

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The nationalist struggle to bring about the end of colonial rule in India, and the Republican and communist struggles to arrest and reverse the humiliation and the “carve-up” of China by foreign powers, were both closely allied to the struggle to become modern. Indeed, the two goals were usually seen to be so closely related as to be indistinguishable: a people had to start becoming modern if they were ever to be free of foreign domination, and they had to gain sovereignty and state power in order to undertake the laborious but necessary task of building a strong, prosperous, and modern nation. Thus in India, as in China, political movements from the latter nineteenth century sought to found a sovereign nation free from domination by a Western power or powers, and also sought to make this putative nation and its people “modern,” both as a necessary means towards the nationalist end and as an end in itself.

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24 Oct 2013 07:49

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