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In Clothing Gandhi's Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India's most enduring political symbols, khadi: a homespun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth and plying a spinning wheel is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other political leaders dressed in "Gandhi caps" and khadi shirts. Less widely understood is how these images associate the wearers with the swadeshi movement -- which advocated the exclusive consumption of indigenous goods to establish India's autonomy from Great Britain -- or how khadi was used to create a visual expression of national identity after Independence. Trivedi brings together social history and the study of visual culture to account for khadi as both symbol and commodity. Written in a clear narrative style, the book provides a cultural history of important and distinctive aspects of modern Indian history.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. ix
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. xvii-xxviii
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  1. 1. A POLITICS OF CONSUMPTIONS: Swadeshi and Its Institutions
  2. pp. 1-37
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  1. 2. TECHNOLOGIES OF NATIONHOOD: Visually Mapping the Nation
  2. pp. 38-66
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  1. 3. THE NATION CLOTHED: Making an “Indian” Body
  2. pp. 67-101
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  1. 4. RITUALS OF TIME: The Flag and the Nationalist Calendar
  2. pp. 102-117
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  1. 5. INHABITING NATIONAL SPACE: Khadi in Public
  2. pp. 118-147
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 157-182
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 197-205
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253116789
Related ISBN
9780253348821
MARC Record
OCLC
191729561
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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