By Clare Midgley
Feminism and Empire establishes the foundational impression that Britain's place as prime imperial energy had at the origins of contemporary western feminism. in response to vast new learn, this examine exposes the intimate hyperlinks among debates at the 'woman query' and the structure of 'colonial discourse' in an effort to spotlight the centrality of empire to white middle-class women's activism in Britain.
The ebook starts off by way of exploring the connection among the development of latest wisdom approximately colonised others and the framing of debates at the 'woman query' between advocates of women's rights and their evangelical competitors. relocating directly to study white middle-class women's activism on imperial concerns in Britain, subject matters contain the anti-slavery boycott of Caribbean sugar, the crusade opposed to widow-burning in colonial India, and women’s position within the international missionary circulate sooner than direct employment by means of the most important missionary societies. eventually, Clare Midgley highlights how the organised feminist circulate which emerged within the past due 1850s associated promoting of lady emigration to Britain's white settler colonies to a brand new perfect of self sustaining English womanhood.
This unique paintings throws attention-grabbing new mild at the roots of later 'imperial feminism' and modern debates pertaining to women's rights in an period of globalisation and neo-imperialism.
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