Clothing the Enlightened Body: European Dress in India during the Age of Reason

TitleClothing the Enlightened Body: European Dress in India during the Age of Reason
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMayer, T
JournalPurushartha: Éditions de l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Issue31
Pagination13-33
Abstract
During the eighteenth century, Enlightenment notions of human difference 
were being shaped by Europe’s commercial and military encounters with the 
wider world. These encounters forced Europeans to define the boundaries of 
their own identity, based on a wide range of traits observable in other peoples. 
Eighteenth-century notions of race, or human difference as it was termed at 
the time, were not based on fixed hereditary attributes such as blood and 
genetics, but on a complex interplay between physical, moral, and cultural 
criteria.
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