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Everyday TechnologyMachines and the Making of India's Modernity$
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David Arnold

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922027

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922034.001.0001

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Technology, Race, and Gender

Technology, Race, and Gender

(p.69) Chapter Three Technology, Race, and Gender
Everyday Technology

David Arnold

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the issues of how, by whom, and to whom small machines were sold, or by what other routes they encapsulated, transgressed, or transformed racial boundaries and gender divisions. It discusses sewing machines as racial goods, examines the racial terms in which Singer saw itself conducting business in India, and describes how bicycles became a symbol of racial and sexual transgression. Finally, the chapter examines how the use of the typewriter raised significant questions about race and gender.

Keywords:   small machines, racial boundaries, gender divisions, sewing machines, racial terms, Singer, bicycles, typewriter, race, gender

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