Dowry Murder

Dowry Murder : The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime

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Dowry Murder - the killing of a young bride whose dowry has been deemed insufficient by her groom's family - has long been thought a holdover from a system of Hindu custom fundamentally misogynistic by nature. In this learned and controversial book, Veena Oldenburg argues that dowry murder is not about dowry per se nor is it rooted in an Indian culture or caste system that encourages violence against women. Rather, dowry murder 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 independence. As a consequence of the massive economic and social upheaval brought on by British rule, women began to lose control of the system, and consequently of precious land and resources, ultimately resulting in a devaluing of their very lives. Combining rigorous research with empassioned analysis and a nuanced treatment of a complex, deeply controversial subject, Dowry Murder is that rare book that challenges us to rethink basic assumptions about the history of colonialism, the human and economic rights of women, and of India.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 526.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 figure
  • 0195150716
  • 9780195150711

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Conondrums and Contexts; 2. The Just So Stories About Infanticide; 3. The Tangled Tale of Twisting a Safety Net Into a Noose; 4. Engineering a Masculine World; 5. Local Customs and the Economy Grow Moustaches; 6. Writing Lives, Underwriting Silences: Understanding Dowry Death in Modern India; Epilogue; Notes; List of Referencesshow more

About Veena Talwar Oldenburg

Veena Oldenburg is Associate Professor of History of India at the City University of New York.show more

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