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Author Oldenburg, Veena Talwar, author

Title Dowry murder : the imperial origins of a cultural crime / Veena Talwar Oldenburg
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 261 pages)
Contents Introduction; Chapter 1 Conundrums and Contexts; Chapter 2 The Just-So Stories about Female Infanticide; Chapter 3 The Tangled Tale of Twisting a Safety Net into a Noose; Chapter 4 Engineering a Masculine World; Chapter 5 Local Customs and the Economy Grow Mustaches; Chapter 6 Writing Lives, Underwriting Silences: Understanding Dowry Death in Contemporary India; Epilogue; Notes; References; Index
Summary The Hindu custom of dowry has long been blamed for the murder of wives and female infants in India. In this highly provocative book, Veena Oldenburg argues that these killings are neither about dowry nor reflective of an Indian culture or caste system that encourages violence against women. Rather, such killings can be traced directly to the influences of the British colonial era. In the precolonial period, dowry was an institution managed by women, for women, to enable them to establish their status and have recourse in an emergency. As a consequence of the massive economic and societal uphea
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-255) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Caste -- Political aspects -- India.
Dowry -- India -- Criminal provisions.
Hindu women -- Crimes against -- India.
Hindu women -- India -- Economic conditions.
Uxoricide -- Economic aspects -- India.
Wives -- India -- Crimes againt
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- India.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195150716
0195150724 (paperback; alk. paper)
0198034342 (electronic bk.)
9780195150728 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780198034346 (electronic bk.)