By Revathi Krishnaswamy
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Thus, pride in the greatness of the British Empire has a root as well in the consciousness of the greater security-the protection-enjoyed by the individual Briton. "38 The strange analogy Freud uses shows how closely his valuation of renunciation and sublimation as the ï»¿THE ECONOMY OF COLONIAL DESIRE 29 supremely male virtues is linked to his sanction of colonialism's civiliz- ing mission. From its inception psychoanalysis (wedded to anthropology in the form of ethnopsychology) is imbricated in the ideologies of empire.
90 The shift from a positive notion of androgyny toward a negative image of effeminacy is most sharply dramatized in the difference between Ramakrishna and his star disciple, Vivekananda. Ramakrishna was perhaps the last prominent Hindu saint to embrace androgyny credibly both as a spiri- tual goal and as a method for achieving transcendence. His performance of Hinduism, involving explicit transvestism and implicit homoeroti- cism, did not really engage colonialism in a contest of manliness. By contrast, Vivekananda's virile Hinduism, like his hard gendering, was locked in a Manichean battle with colonialism and, consequently, car- ried with it all the normative trappings of colonial masculinity.
38 The strange analogy Freud uses shows how closely his valuation of renunciation and sublimation as the ï»¿THE ECONOMY OF COLONIAL DESIRE 29 supremely male virtues is linked to his sanction of colonialism's civiliz- ing mission. From its inception psychoanalysis (wedded to anthropology in the form of ethnopsychology) is imbricated in the ideologies of empire. Highlighting the role of psychoanalysis as an instrument of British colo- nialism in India, Christiane Hartnack shows how British members of the International Psychoanalytical Association, especially Owen Berkeley- Hill and Claud Dangar Daly, used psychoanalysis to pathologize the Indian male as infantile and effeminate in order to justify colonial rule.