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Author Ghosh, Nabaparna,
Title A hygienic city-nation : space, community, and everyday life in colonial Calcutta / Nabaparna Ghosh.
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.

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Author Ghosh, Nabaparna,
Subject Urbanization -- Social aspects -- India -- Kolkata -- History.
Neighborhoods -- India -- Kolkata -- History.
Urban sanitation -- India -- Kolkata -- History.
Urban health -- India -- Kolkata -- History.
Nationalism -- India -- Kolkata -- History.
Kolkata (India) -- History -- 19th century.
Kolkata (India) -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 224 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Black Town, Spaces of Pathology, and a Hindu Discourse of Citizenship -- The Calcutta Improvement Trust: Racialized Hygiene, Expropriation, and Resistance by Religion -- A City-Nation: Paras, Hygiene, and Swaraj -- A New Black Town: Recolonizing Calcutta's Bustees -- Epilogue.
Summary "Calcutta, the centre of British imperial power in India, figures in scholarship as the locus of colonialism and the hotbed of anti-colonial nationalist movements. Yet historians have largely ignored how the city shaped these movements. This monograph is the first academic work that examines everyday urban formations in the colonial city that informed the broad global forces of imperialism, nationalism, and urbanism, and were, in turn, shaped by them. Drawing on previously unexplored archives of the Calcutta Improvement Trust and neighbourhood clubs, the author uncovers hidden stories of the city at the everyday level of neighbourhoods or paras, where kinship-like ties, caste, religion, and ethnicity constituted new urban modernity. By the early twentieth century, paras grew as microcosms of a city-nation or a city designed to unite a Hindu-Bengali nation. Ghosh focuses on an emergent discourse on Hindu spatial hygiene that powered nationalist pedagogic efforts to train city dwellers in conduct fit for the city-nation. In such pedagogic efforts, upper-caste Bengalis were pitted against the lower-caste working poor and featured as ideal inhabitants of the city: the citizen"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 15, 2020).
ISBN 9781108779654 electronic book
1108779654 electronic book
9781108489898 hardcover
OCLC # 1153339925
Additional Format Print version: Ghosh, Nabaparna. A hygienic city-nation Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2020. 9781108489898 (DLC) 2020013835.

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