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272 Pages | 38 Illustrations, black & white

9.4 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780719069420

Bookseller Code (06)


Interiors of empire

Objects, space and identity within the Indian Subcontinent, c. 1800-1947

Robin D. Jones

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Design MUP

  • The first book devoted to discussion of the role played by the domestic and public spaces of empire in the creation and expression of British imperial culture within the Indian Subcontinent (India and Sri Lanka) Offers new perspectives on the role of domestic objects and the spaces of empire in self-fashioning and the affirmation of national and cultural identity during the heyday of the British Raj The first book to discuss the cultural impact of colonialism on both colonizer and colonized which problematizes analysis of the domestic sphere and public space within the Indian Subcontinent Explores the Westernisation of local middle class homes within the Indian Subcontinent (both objects and social practices) and assesses its place within the formation of a colonial culture Challenges the assumptions of prior scholarship as to how colonial domesticity was represented within contemporary discourse, especially published household management literature

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