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Eugenic FeminismReproductive Nationalism in the United States and India$
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Asha Nadkarni

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689903

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689903.001.0001

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“World Menace”

“World Menace”

National Reproduction, Public Health, and the Mother India Debate

(p.99) 3 “World Menace”
Eugenic Feminism

Asha Nadkarni

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a reading of American journalist Katherine Mayo’s 1927 book Mother India. The book discusses the scientific language of public health to argue that in a new era of global circulation of goods and bodies, the United States must strengthen its borders to protect itself from the threat of disease that Indian bodies contain. She fashioned a peculiarly U.S. version of imperial containment to segregate populations and police behaviors. The Mother India controversy thus exposed how reproductive nationalism becomes both a crucial site of feminist engagement and an exclusionary strategy of containment on both the national and international levels.

Keywords:   Katherine Mayo, Mother India, United States, India, nationalism

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