ISBN-10:
0812235568
ISBN-13:
9780812235562
Pub. Date:
06/12/2000
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet, and the Politics of Nationalism

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

by Joseph S. Alter

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ISBN-13: 9780812235562
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2000
Series: Critical Histories
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Joseph S. Alter teaches anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of Knowing Dil Das: Stories of a Himalayan Hunter, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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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