Western Women and Imperialism

Western Women and Imperialism : Complicity and Resistance

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""Western Women and Imperialism" provides fascinating insights into interactions and attitudes between western and non-western women, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is an important contribution to the field of women's studies and (primarily British) imperial history, in that many of the essays explore problems of cross-cultural interaction that have been heretofore ignored." - Nancy Fix Anderson. This volume explores what Western women did, thought, and felt in and about the colonies in Africa and India, areas that have been presented, both at the time and in subsequent scholarship, as 'no place for a white woman'. The authors analyze Western women's complicity in, as well as their resistance to, the cultural values dominant during an imperialist era. They juxtapose feminists and social reformers of varying stripes with pro-imperialist women of different levels, thereby offering insights into the workings of race and class ideologies within imperialism. The essays reveal the diversity of voices, assumptions, and understandings of empire represented by activist women who used the implied and sometimes explicit-power of race and class to negotiate their own agenda within the colonial scene.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 b&w photos
  • 0253313414
  • 9780253313416

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION IMAGES OF ONE ANOTHER A WomenOs Trek What Difference Does Gender Make? Susan L. Blake Through Each OtherOs Eyes The Impact on the Colonial Encounter of the Images of Egyptian, Levantine-Egyptian, and European Women, 1862-1920 Mervat Hatem IMPERIAL POLITICS The Passionate Nomad Reconsidered A European Woman in LOAlgerie francaise (Isabelle Eberhardt, 1877-1904) Julia Clancy-Smith Crusader for Empire Flora Shaw/Lady Lugard Helen Callaway and Dorothy O Helly Chathams, Pitts, and Gladstones in Petticoats The Politics of Gender and Race in the Illbert Bill Controversy, 1883-1884 Mrinalini Sinha ALLIES, MATERNAL IMPERIALISTS, AND ACTIVISTS Cultural Missionaries, Maternal Imperialists, Feminist Allies British Women Activists in India, 1865-1945 Barbara N. Ramusack The White WomanOs Burden British Feminists and The Indian Woman 1865-1915 Antoinette M. Burton Complicity and Resistance in the Writings of Flora Annie Steel and Annie Besant Nancy L. Paxton The White WomanOs Burden in the White ManOs Grave The Introduction of British Nurses in Colonial West Africa Dea Birkett MISSIONARIES A New Humanity American MissionariesO Ideals for Women in North India, 1870-1930 Leslie A. Flemming Give a Thought to Africa Black Women Missionaries in Southern Africa Sylvia M. Jacobs WIVES AND INCORPORATED WOMEN Shawls, Jewelry, Curry, and Rice in Victorian Britain Nupur Chaudhuri White Women in a Changing World Employment, Voluntary Work, and Sex in Post-World War II Northern Rhodesia Karen Tranberg Hansen CONTRIBUTORS INDEXshow more

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