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Learning Femininity In Colonial India, 1820-1932$
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Tim Allender

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085796

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085796.001.0001

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Feminine missionary medical professionalism and secular medical feminists, 1880–1927

Feminine missionary medical professionalism and secular medical feminists, 1880–1927

(p.178) Chapter Six Feminine missionary medical professionalism and secular medical feminists, 1880–1927
Learning Femininity In Colonial India, 1820-1932

Tim Allender

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines how missionary education feminised medical learning outcomes in India. Male medical colleges in each major Indian province were citadels that were cleverly infiltrated by female medical activists. The activism of these European females was still driven by a largely unremitting Western feminine discipline that enshrined a strong belief in the sanitation procedures of the West, which offered remedies for an ‘unclean’ Indian East. This approach was especially apparent when large numbers of Indian nurses and dais (midwives) entered into some form of Western training, even though this training also broke down some of the race barriers still strongly in place concerning female teaching. Feminist doctors in India contested the operation by males of large funding bodies like the Lady Dufferin Fund. Yet they were to keep their struggle against colonial men within the bounds of their colonial European communities, rather than attempting to instil a similar brand of feminism in their Indian female counterparts.

Keywords:   Gender, Physicians, Nurses, Midwives, Feminist, Treatment, Medicine, Class

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