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The government of social life in colonial India : liberalism, religious law, and women's rights /
Rachel Sturman.
imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
description
xviii, 289 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN
1107010373 (hbk.), 9781107010376 (hbk.)
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imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
1107010373 (hbk.)
9781107010376 (hbk.)
contents note
Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Map of the Bombay presidency and British India -- Introduction -- Economic governance -- Property between law and political economy -- The dilemmas of social economy -- The politics of personal law -- Hindu law as a regime of rights -- Custom and human value in the debates on Hindu marriage -- Law, community and belonging -- Conclusion -- Select bibliography -- Index.
catalogue key
8587735
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-270) and index.
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This study analyses the system of personal law in colonial India, showing how it encouraged gender equality and a better relationship between state and society. By focusing on Hindu law, it challenges existing scholarship, showing how - far from being based on traditional values - Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism.
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An important new study which analyses the system of personal law in colonial India, showing how it encouraged gender equality and a better relationship between state and society. By focusing on Hindu law, this illuminating book challenges existing scholarship, showing how – far from being based on traditional values – Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism.
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In colonial India the British established a two-tier system of legal administration. Matters deemed secular were subject to British legal norms, while suits relating to the family were adjudicated according to Hindu or Muslim law, known as personal law. This important new study analyzes the system of personal law in colonial India through a reexamination of women's rights. Focusing on Hindu law, it challenges existing scholarship, showing how - far from being a system based on traditional values - Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism, and that this framework encouraged questions about gender equality, and more broadly the relationship between state and society. Wide-ranging and theoretically informed, the book illuminates how personal law came to function as an organizing principle of colonial governance and nationalist aspirations.
Main Description
From the early days of colonial rule in India, the British established a two-tier system of legal administration. Matters deemed secular were subject to British legal norms, while suits relating to the family were adjudicated according to Hindu or Muslim law, known as personal law. This important new study analyses the system of personal law in colonial India through a re-examination of women's rights. Focusing on Hindu law in western India, it challenges existing scholarship, showing how – far from being a system based on traditional values – Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism, and that this framework encouraged questions about equality, women's rights, the significance of bodily difference, and more broadly the relationship between state and society. Rich in archival sources, wide-ranging and theoretically informed, this book illuminates how personal law came to function as an organising principle of colonial governance and of nationalist political imaginations.
Main Description
From the early days of colonial rule in India, the British established a two-tier system of legal administration. Matters deemed secular were subject to British legal norms, while suits relating to the family were adjudicated according to Hindu or Muslim law, known as personal law. This important new study analyzes the system of personal law in colonial India through a reexamination of women's rights. Focusing on Hindu law in western India, it challenges existing scholarship, showing how - far from being a system based on traditional values - Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism, and that this framework encouraged questions about equality, women's rights, the significance of bodily difference, and more broadly the relationship between state and society. Rich in archival sources, wide-ranging, and theoretically informed, the book illuminates how personal law came to function as an organizing principle of colonial governance and of nationalist political imaginations.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Economic Governance
Property between law and political economy
The dilemmas of social economy
The Politics of Personal Law
Hindu law as a regime of rights
Custom and human value in the debates on Hindu marriage
Law, community, and belonging
Conclusion
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