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Master of Arts (MA)
This paper examines the ways in which Gandhi's diet--his practice of eating meat as a young man in India, his associations with the London Vegetarian Society, his experiments in South Africa, and, ultimately, his important role in the resistance movement against the British Colonial project in India--functioned as an agentive means of constructing the subject via specific technologies of the self. It is my contention that the roots of Gandhi's social activism can be found in his dietetic practices, which were an essential component of his social philosophy as instigated, initially, as a young man in India, then developed in England, further refined in South Africa, and most famously applied in India. Throughout his life Gandhi's dietary discourse went through many discursive shifts; what remains consistent, however, throughout this dietetic history is the presence of Orientalist discursive constructions, as well as the element of resistance to modern civilization.
Burgess, Vincent Edward, "Gandhi's Diet and 'The Other' Side of Orientalism" (2011). Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 7.