Boekhandel Douwes Den Haag

Fathers in a Motherland

Imagining Fatherhood in Colonial India

Swapna M. Banerjee

Fathers in a Motherland

Fathers in a Motherland

Imagining Fatherhood in Colonial India

Fathers in a Motherland

 

This monograph breaks new ground by weaving stories of fathers and children into the history of gender, family, and nation in colonial India. Arguing that fatherhood assumed new meaning and significance in the changing colonial culture, Banerjee documents the different ways the authority and power of the father was invoked and constituted both metaphorically and in everyday experiences.


Nog te verschijnen

€ 84,00

Bezorgen: Zodra beschikbaar


Beschrijving Fathers in a Motherland

This monograph breaks new ground by weaving stories of fathers and children into the history of gender, family and nation in colonial India. Focusing on the reformist Bengali Hindu and Brahmo communities, the author contends that fatherhood assumed new meaning and significance in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century India. During this time of social and political change, fathers extended their roles beyond breadwinning to take an active part in rearing their
children. Utilizing pedagogic literature, articles in scientific journals, autobiographies, correspondence, and published essays, Fathers in a Motherland documents the different ways the authority and power of the father was invoked and constituted both metaphorically and in everyday experiences.
Exploring specific moments when educated men—as biological fathers, literary activists, and educators—assumed guardianship and became crucial agents of change, Banerjee interrogates the connections between fatherhood and masculinity. The last chapter of the book moves beyond Bengal and draws on the lives of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to provide a broader salience to its argument. Reclaiming two missing links in Indian history-fathers and children-the book argues that biological
and imaginary "fathers" assumed the moral guardianship of an incipient nation and rested their hopes and dreams on the future generation.


ISBN
9789391050245
Pagina's
336
Verschijnt
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP India

Geschiedenis