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Meat, Mercy, Morality

Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial Bengal, 1850-1920

Samiparna Samanta

Meat, Mercy, Morality

Meat, Mercy, Morality

Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial Bengal, 1850-1920

Meat, Mercy, Morality

 

This book analyzes how discourses of cruelty against animals - in veterinary, dietary, and transport registers - inform the colonial imagination of humanitarianism. It argues that debates concerning animals invoked less protectionism, and reflected in microcosm the nature of British Empire and Bengali anxieties over dietetics and identity.


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Beschrijving Meat, Mercy, Morality

This book disentangles complex discourses around humanitarianism to understand the nature of British colonialism in India. It contends that the colonial project of animal protection in late nineteenth-century Bengal mirrored an irony. Emerging notions of public health and debates on cruelty against animals exposed the disjunction between the claims of a benevolent Empire and a powerful imperial reality where the state constantly sought to discipline its subjects-both
human and nonhuman. Centered around stories of animals as diseased, eaten, and overworked, the
book shows how such contests over appropriate measures for controlling animals became part of wider discussions surrounding environmental ethics, diet, sanitation, and the politics of race and class. The author
combines history with archive, arguing that colonial humanitarianism was not only an idiom of rule, but was also translated into Bengali dietetics, anxieties, vegetarianism, and vigilantism, the effect of which can be seen in
contemporary politics of animal slaughter in India.


ISBN
9780190129132
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP India

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