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The Government of Social Life in Colonial India

Sturman, Rachel Lara:
The Government of Social Life in Colonial India : Liberalism, Religious Law, and Women's Rights / Rachel Sturman. - New York [u.a.] : Cambridge University Press, 2012. - xviii, 289 S. : Kt. - (Cambridge studies in Indian history and society ; 21)
ISBN 978-1-107-01037-6 (Print-Ausg.)
ISBN 978-0-511-85194-0 (eBook)
£ 60,00
DDC: 306.0954

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. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgements. xi
Abbreviations. xvii
Map of the Bombay Presidency in British India. xviii
Introduction. 1
Part I. Economic Governance
   1. Property between Law and Political Economy. 35
   2. The Dilemmas of Social Economy. 70
Part II. The Politics of Personal Law
   3. Hindu Law as a Regime of Rights. 109
   4. Custom and Human Value in the Debates on Hindu Marriage. 148
   5. Law, Community, and Belonging. 196
Conclusion. 233
Select Bibliography. 239
Index. 271

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Sturman: The Government of Social Life in Colonial India, 2012