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Clothing Gandhi's Nation : Homespun and Modern India - Lisa N. Trivedi

Clothing Gandhi's Nation

Homespun and Modern India

Hardcover Published: 14th June 2007
ISBN: 9780253348821
Number Of Pages: 205

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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.

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. . . a fascinating and informative study of that most familiar artefact of Indian nationalism. Its main achievement is to present a coherent and very persuasive analysis of the ways in which this basic, everyday object became representative of the nation.Summer 2009--Journal of Social History

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
A Politics of Consumption: Swadeshi and Its Institutionsp. 1
Technologies of Nationhood: Visually Mapping the Nationp. 38
The Nation Clothed: Making an "Indian" Bodyp. 67
Rituals of Time: The Flag and the Nationalist Calendarp. 102
Inhabiting National Space: Khadi in Publicp. 118
Conclusionp. 148
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780253348821
ISBN-10: 025334882X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: 14th June 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.56  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Type: Annotated