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Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India

Asha Nadkarni


Asha Nadkarni contends that whenever feminists lay claim to citizenship based on women’s biological ability to “reproduce the nation,” they are participating in a eugenic project—sanctioning reproduction by some and prohibiting it by others. Employing a wide range of sources from the United States and India, this book shows how the exclusionary impulse of eugenics is embedded within the terms of nationalist feminism. This book reveals connections between U.S. and Indian nationalist feminisms from the late nineteenth century through the 1970s, demonstrating that both call for feminist citizensh ... More

Keywords: Asha Nadkarni, eugenics, nationalist feminism, feminist citizenship, Indian feminists, antifeminists, Sarojini Naidu, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Katherine Mayo, Indira Gandhi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816689903
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asha Nadkarni, author