A Politics of Nudity: Photographs of the ‘Naked Mru’ of Bangladesh

  title={A Politics of Nudity: Photographs of the ‘Naked Mru’ of Bangladesh},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={341 - 374}
  • Willem
  • Published 25 April 2002
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
This article uses photographs to explore the meanings of nudity in a district of Bangladesh. Throughout the colonial and postcolonial periods, photography was a major tool here in the framing of a confrontation between local and external cultural styles. In this confrontation, nudity was used as a visual marker of specific, but contradictory, local characteristics. It stood variously for primitivity, underdevelopment, indecency and indigeneity. In the dominant discourses, one group in… 

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