Make Me a Man!: Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India

Make Me a Man!: Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India

by Sikata Banerjee
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791463680

ISBN-13: 9780791463680

Pub. Date: 03/03/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Make Me a Man! argues that ideas about manhood play a key role in building and sustaining the modern nation. It examines a particular expression of nation and manliness: masculine Hinduism. This ideal, which emerged from India’s experience of British imperialism, is characterized by martial prowess, muscular strength, moral fortitude, and a readiness to go

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Make Me a Man! argues that ideas about manhood play a key role in building and sustaining the modern nation. It examines a particular expression of nation and manliness: masculine Hinduism. This ideal, which emerged from India’s experience of British imperialism, is characterized by martial prowess, muscular strength, moral fortitude, and a readiness to go to battle. Embodied in the images of the Hindu soldier and the warrior monk, masculine Hinduism is rooted in a rigid “us versus them” view of nation that becomes implicated in violence and intolerance. Masculine Hinduism also has important connotations for women, whose roles in this environment consist of the heroic mother, chaste wife, and celibate, masculinized warrior. All of these roles shore up the “us versus them” dichotomy and constrict women’s lives by imposing particular norms and encouraging limits on women’s freedom.

Sikata Banerjee notes that the nationalism defined by masculine Hinduism draws on a more general narrative of nation found in many cultures. If the outcomes of this narrative are to be resisted, the logic of masculinity, armed manhood, and nation need to be examined in diverse contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791463680
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/03/2005
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1Introduction: Constructs of Nation and Gender1
2Empire: Christian Manliness and the British Gaze21
3Nationalism: Masculine Hinduism and Resisting the British Gaze43
4Cultural Nationalism, Masculine Hinduism, and Contemporary Hindutva75
5In the Crucible of Hindutva: Women and Masculine Hinduism111
6Heroic Mothers, Chaste Wives, and Celibate Warriors: Feminist or Feminine Nationalism in India?139
7Summary153
Notes157
Bibliography163
Index175

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