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The gendered nature of the connection among the clicking and emergence of cultural citizenship from the 1860s to the Thirties is explored via unique info and insightful comparisons among India, Britain and France during this built-in method of women's illustration in newspapers, their position as information resources and their expert job.

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Female citizenship in India has been recognized by women’s colonial studies with work by Taneja (2005), Kleinberg (1988), Midgeley (1998), Samson (2001), Sussman (2000), Wieringa (1995), Levine (2004) and Sangari and Vaid (1989). Indigenous women’s organized protest had only just begun to express its potency, fired and focused by the anti-colonial ‘freedom movement’. In the case of French India, it was expressed as an essentially working-class movement from private to public sphere. In British India, women already had the vote, whereas in Britain, after the final 1929 victory of women’s suffrage, feminists faced a problem: ‘The process of attempting to educate women for citizenship ultimately seemed to submerge any specific feminist ideas or demands for change under the weight of women’s duty to understand how to carry out their local and national responsibilities in ways that would keep the existing social and political order functioning smoothly’ (Caine, 1997: 200).

Nearly everyone will accept’ (BN, 1863: LC2 3011, February–June). A contemporary assessment of the demand for the paper points to the fact that women and peasants had to be encouraged to read it and that Le Petit Journal ‘obliged the latter to become interested in current affairs’ (Lermina, 1884-5). The potential politicization of women is not mentioned. The timing of the publication of this comment is significant, as it coincided with new Third Republic reforms in 1884 that widened educational access (see later) , from which this very readership could benefit.

There has been some research on censored material and issues of press freedom (Barrier, 1974; Israel, 1994; Jones, 1983) but not of censorship and its effects on a local, ethnic press. What this scholarship established is that minority voices are cut out because of the choice of official sources, reflecting the outlook of the (colonial) 20 Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers organization. This point about framing has provided the main focus for post-colonial theory, focusing frequently on the decolonization of the Indian subcontinent by the British.

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