Crafting the Nation in Colonial India (Hardcover)

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"Well before Gandhi popularized hand-spun, hand-woven cloth, British and Indian activists had made crafts central to plans for India''s economic and cultural revival. Combining tradition and employment at a time of industrial transition, crafts appealed to both government officials and nationalist activists alike--even as they bemoaned artisans as conservative and backwards. That connection between development and cultural judgment was not incidental. Drawing on a wide range of craft development initiatives in western India between 1851 and 1922--from art and industrial schools to model factories, pattern books, exhibitions, technical experiments, and cooperatives--McGowan argues that crafts came to political prominence through British and Indian negotiations over power: power over the lower classes, over the economy, and over the future of the country.

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Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Mfg Part# 9780230612679
SKU 208120071
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230612679
Release Date 7/1/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0265
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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