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Author Sturman, Rachel Lara, 1969-

Title The government of social life in colonial India : liberalism, religious law, and women's rights / Rachel Sturman
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Series Cambridge studies in Indian history and society
Cambridge studies in Indian history and society.
Contents Cover; The Government of Social Life in Colonial India; Series; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; COLONIAL LAW AND INDIAN SOCIETY; PROPERTY AND POLITICAL THEORY; PROPERTY IN COLONIAL LAW AND GOVERNMENTALITY; LAW AND COLONIAL LIBERAL THOUGHT: HENRY SUMNER MAINE AND JAMES FITZJAMES STEPHEN; THE CENTRALITY OF THE FAMILY IN THE POLITICS OF SOCIETY; THE PROBLEM OF ADEQUATION: A QUESTION OF METHOD; REGION, COLONY, AND NATION; PLAN OF THE BOOK; PART I: ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE; 1: Property between Law and Political Economy
Credit and Debt in Early Colonial State PracticeRural Stability and the Deccan Agriculturalist; The Crisis of Agricultural Society in Indian Reformist Analyses and Critiques; The Uneconomical Family as Object of Policy; PART II: FEUDAL PROPERTY IN COLONIAL SOCIETY: REGULATING HEREDITARY OFFICES; Redefining Ownership, Redefining Family; The Mobility of Social Capital; CONCLUSION; PART II: THE POLITICS OF PERSONAL LAW; 3: Hindu Law as a Regime of Rights; PART I: FROM THE UNECONOMICAL FAMILY TO THE PRODUCTION OF ABSTRACT SUBJECTS; PART II: THE CONUNDRUMS OF INCOMMENSURABILITY; Widows as Heirs
PART I: LAND AS AN OBJECT OF VALUE AND RIGHT: THE COLONIAL REVENUE SETTLEMENTThe Special Character of Land; Political Economy and the Conundrums of Local Knowledge; PART II: HEREDITARY OFFICES AND THE USES OF THE SOCIAL; Inam: From Sovereignty to Property; Vatan: Hereditary Identity and Colonial Bureaucracy; Defining Vatan: Lessons from Political Economy for Elite Village Officers; Producing Vatan as Social Relations: A View from the Margins; CONCLUSION; 2: The Dilemmas of Social Economy; PART I: DEBT, LEGAL OBLIGATION, AND THE CRISIS OF RURAL SOCIETY; The Compulsions of Credit
PART I: THE SHIFTING POLITICS OF BELONGING: DEFINING COMMUNITY IN THE COLONIAL CONTEXTPART II: THE USES OF THE STATE IN FORGING THE NATION: THE POLITICS OF HINDU AND MUSLIM PERSONAL LAW; The Moslem Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act: Nationalization via the State; The Hindu Women's Rights to Property Act: The Problem of Democracy; PART III: BELONGING AS SUBJECTION: REDEFINING PERSONHOOD THROUGH PROPERTY; CONCLUSION; Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index
Wives and Widows as DependentsAdoption and the Widow's Will: Toward a Reformist Hindu Law; CONCLUSION; 4: Custom and Human Value in the Debates on Hindu Marriage; PART I: MARRIAGE AND THE MORALITY OF EXCHANGE; Colonial Ethnography and Hindu Law; Marriage Custom in Colonial Jurisprudence; PART II: PRODUCING HUMAN VALUE: LIBERAL HINDU REFORMIST DISCOURSES; The Evils of Temple Dedication; Child Marriage and Enforced Widowhood between Law and Social Reform; Custom and Conscience in the Plight of the Child Widow; CONCLUSION; 5: Law, Community, and Belonging
Summary Analyses religious law in colonial India, exploring how it encouraged gender equality and a rethinking of the relationship between state and society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Religious law and legislation -- India -- History.
Women's rights -- India -- History.
United Kingdom -- Colonies.
India -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012000798
ISBN 0511851944 (electronic book)
1139419749
1139423835 (electronic bk.)
9780511851940 (electronic book)
9781139419741
9781139423830 (electronic bk.)