Medicine, Race and Liberalism in British Bengal: Symptoms of Empire

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book focuses on the entwinement of politics and medicine and power and knowledge in colonial India. Tracing the cultural determinants of biological race theory and contextualizing the understanding of race as pathology, the book demonstrates how racialism was compatible with the ideologies and policies of imperial liberalism.

Author Biography

Ishita Pande is Assistant Professor of History at Queen's University, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Medicine, race and liberalism in British Bengalp. 1
Race and placep. 19
Diagnosing character: Liberal racialism and the black Aryanp. 21
Standard deviation: "National character," phrenology and a science of governmentp. 44
Blood and moralsp. 63
Seeing reason: Dissection, history of medicine and English educationp. 65
City and citizenshipp. 95
Sanitary subjects: Fevers, filth and freedom in a dual cityp. 97
Sensing modernity: Civility, class and citizenship in a sanitary cityp. 121
Sex and publicp. 149
Degenerate nation: Sex, public and a government of selfp. 151
Epilogue: Bengali modernp. 177
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 252
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