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“World Menace”: National Reproduction, Public Health, and the Mother India Debate

Asha Nadkarni

in Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689903
eISBN:
9781452949284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689903.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter presents a reading of American journalist Katherine Mayo’s 1927 book Mother India. The book discusses the scientific language of public health to argue that in a new era of global ... More


The Bengal League of Social Service for Women, Katherine Mayo and Cornelia

Suparna Gooptu

in Cornelia Sorabji: India's Pioneering Woman Lawyer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195678345
eISBN:
9780199080380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678345.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

While engaged in the struggle to establish herself in the legal profession at Calcutta High Court, Cornelia Sorabji did not forsake her connection and association with the purdahnashins. She helped ... More


Remaking Mother India

Sujani K. Reddy

in Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625072
eISBN:
9781469625096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625072.003.0005
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

This chapter opens with the controversies following publication of U.S. journalist Katherine Mayo's Mother India. While Mayo's reincarnation of the colonial "woman question" ultimately backfired in ... More


“A Country Rich in Cattle”: Gospels of Kindness in Colonial South Asia

Janet M. Davis

in The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199733156
eISBN:
9780190609030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733156.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Cultural History

This chapter explores the significance of India to the American humane movement during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Colonial India served as a popular field for humane education through ... More


Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India

Asha Nadkarni

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689903
eISBN:
9781452949284
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689903.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Asha Nadkarni contends that whenever feminists lay claim to citizenship based on women’s biological ability to “reproduce the nation,” they are participating in a eugenic project—sanctioning ... More


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