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p. vii

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Preface: History, Body, Culture

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pp. ix-xviii

There is probably no single person more directly associated with India and India's struggle for independence than Mahatma Gandhi. One of the great men of the twentieth century, he defined the ways and means of nonviolent political resistance, redefined the meaning of peace, and made politics take account of morality...

PART I. RETHINKING THE MAHATMA

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Chapter 1. Gandhi's Body, Gandhi's Truth

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pp. 3-27

A multitude of scholarly works have analyzed and reanalyzed Mohandas K. Gandhi's epic life and work from numerous angles.1 In spite of this focused attention, or perhaps on account of it, the Mahatma remains something ofan enigma: a genius, to be sure, and...

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Chapter 2. The Ethereal Politics of the Mahatma's Fasts

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pp. 28-52

Gandhi's use offasting as a tool- or, as he referred to it, a "weapon" -in his broad-based sociopolitical work is well known and has been given careful consideration by a number of close associates and scholars (Brown 1977; Erikson 1969:227-378; M. Gandhi 1959; PyarelaI1932). Between 1918, when he stopped eating in support of a...

PART II. NATIONALISM, TRANSNATIONALISM, AND THE EMBODIED SELF

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Chapter 3. Nature Cure and Yoga: Transnational Experiments with Ether and Hydrotherapy

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pp. 55-82

To understand yoga as it has been practiced in India for the past century it is probably more important to read the works of various late-nineteenth-century German nature cure doctors, along with their counterparts in the United States, than to read Patanjali's Yogasutra or...

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Chapter 4. Surya Namaskar-Salute to Village Democracy

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pp. 83-112

Ostensibly, surya namaskar-prayer or salutation to the sun-is an ancient Indian exercise routine that is nominally structured on the principle of Vedic ritual and is even said to hark back to the earliest prostrations performed by the Indo-Aryan participants in a preVedic solar cult....

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Chapter 5. Somatic Nationalism: Gama the Great, Another Heroic Indian

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pp. 113-145

In his influential collection of essays entitled The Nation and Its Fragments (1993a) Partha Chatterjee argues for a treatment of nationalism that is cultural rather than political, one that is not limited by a discussion of institutional structures, policies, and government. In doing so, and in placing the culture of nationalism squarely in...

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Conclusion: Post-Gandhian Somatics: Auto-Urine Therapy

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pp. 146-154

In this book I have attempted to use the body to read against both the idealism and the materialism of culture and history. As such, the perspective I have taken focuses on practices and the consequences of practice rather than on the logic of ideology or reason. In some sense, the rationale for taking this perspective stems from...

Glossary

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pp. 155-157

Notes

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pp. 159-171

References

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pp. 173-188

Index

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pp. 189-203

Acknowledgments

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pp. 205-207