Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet, and the Politics of Nationalism

Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet, and the Politics of Nationalism

by Joseph S. Alter
     
 

"This brilliant and infuriating book is the latest intriguing offering from one of the most original anthropologists working. . . . It offers us unpredictable and illuminating interpretations of classical material."—Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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"This brilliant and infuriating book is the latest intriguing offering from one of the most original anthropologists working. . . . It offers us unpredictable and illuminating interpretations of classical material."—Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812235562
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Critical Histories Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: History, Body, Cultureix
Part I.Rethinking the Mahatma
Chapter 1.Gandhi's Body, Gandhi's Truth3
Chapter 2.The Ethereal Politics of the Mahatma's Fasts28
Part II.Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Embodied Self
Chapter 3.Nature Cure and Yoga: Transnational Experiments with Ether and Hydrotherapy55
Chapter 4.Surya Namaskar--Salute to Village Democracy83
Chapter 5.Somatic Nationalism: Gama the Great, Another Heroic Indian113
Conclusion: Post-Gandhian Somatics: Auto-Urine Therapy146
Glossary155
Notes159
References173
Index189
Acknowledgments205

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