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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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Female medical care

Female medical care

a new professional learning space, 1865–90

(p.159) Chapter Five Female medical care
Learning Femininity In Colonial India, 1820-1932

Tim Allender

Manchester University Press

The activism of female missionaries created new networks where limited forms of Western femininity and feminism could engage with Indian communities. Rather than the classroom, these networks were now built around medical care. Procedural innovation regarding tropical sanitation and epidemiology that developed on the subcontinent created new terrain for missionary women to engage with Indian females. The dynamic created was so powerful that female physicians in India anticipated later developments at the metropole. As well, even with the decline of the raj in the early twentieth-century, it was the missions rather than secular medical efforts that continued to dominate the medical professional space in India.

Keywords:   Gender, Physician, Medicine, Professional, Tropical, Feminism, Colonial, India, Philanthropy, Sanitation

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