Women and Social Reform in Modern India

Women and Social Reform in Modern India : A Reader

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Social reforms aimed at changing the social, political, or economic status of women in India were important both to British colonial rule and to nascent nationalist movements. Debates over practices such as widow immolation, widow remarriage, and child marriage, as well as those governing marriage and property within different religious communities, continued to exert profound influence on Indian society and politics throughout the 20th century. In this collection, eminent historians Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar bring together some of the most important scholarly articles and primary source documents from the 19th and early 20th centuries.show more

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 27.94mm | 997.9g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220491
  • 9780253220493
  • 1,117,243

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[This book] brings together a very fine selection of scholarship on an important topic. . . . many of the essays collected in this volume continue to have an immense impact on our understanding of gender, and the changes wrought in gender relations by both the state and indigenous actors and organizations, in colonial India.Vol. 10.2 Fall 2009 -- Farina Mir * Journal of Col. & Colonial History e-jrnl * Written in easily accessible language . . . [this book is an] invaluable research and teaching [text] that can be put to very good effect. * Feminist Formations * [A]n outstanding volume of first-rate scholarship on women and social reform in colonial India. * Journal of Contemporary Asia * Essays by Lata Mani, Sumit Sarkar, Madhu Kishwar, Tanika Sarkar, and others, along with the original writings of Ram Mohan Roy, Tarabai Shinde, and others make this volume a rich one that students of cultural studies, women's studies, and history should possess.July, 2010 * H-Asia, H-Net Reviews *show more

About Sumit Sarkar

Sumit Sarkar is Retired Professor of History at the University of Delhi. His books include Beyond Nationalist Frames: Postmodernism, Hindu Fundamentalism, History (IUP, 2002) and Writing Social History.Tanika Sarkar is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is author of Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion, and Cultural Nationalism (IUP, 2001) and co-editor of Women and Right-Wing Movements.show more

Table of contents

Introduction TANIKA SARKAR AND SUMIT SARKAR PART A: HISTORICAL RESEARCH Whose Sati?: Widow Burning in Early-Nineteenth-Century India ANAND A. YANG Production of an Official Discourse on Sati in Early-Nineteenth-Century Bengal LATA MANIEducation for Women GERALDINE FORBES Law, Custom and Statutory Social Reform: The Hindu Widows' Remarriage Act of 1856 LUCY CARROLL Caste, Widow-Remarriage, and the Reform of Popular Culture in Colonial Bengal SEKHAR BANDYOPADHYAY Vidyasagar and Brahmanical Society SUMIT SARKAR Customs in a Peasant Economy: Women in Colonial Haryana PREM CHOWDHRY Silencing Heresy GAURI VISWANATHAN The Daughters of Aryavarta MADHU KISHWAR Viresalingam and the Ideology of Social Change in Andhra JOHN AND KAREN LEONARD Conjugality and Hindu Nationalism: Resisting Colonial Reason and the Death of a Child-Wife TANIKA SARKAR Rebellious Wives and Dysfunctional Marriages: Indian Women's Discourses and Participation in the Debates over Restitution of Conjugal Rights and the Child Marriage Controversy in the 1880s and 1890s PADMA ANAGOL Punjab and the North-West KENNETH JONES Muslim Women and the Control of Property in North India GREGORY C. KOZLOWSKI Prize-Winning Adab: A Study of Five Urdu Books Written in Response to the Allahabad Government Gazette Notification C.M. NAIM Sayyid Mumtaz 'Ali and Tahzib un-Niswan: Women's Rights in Islam and Women's Journalism in Urdu GAIL MINAULT Gender and the Politics of Space: The Movement for Women's Reform, 1857-1900 FAISAL FATEHALI DEVJI Women's Question in the Dravidian Movement c. 1925-1948 S. ANANDHI Multiple Meanings: Changing Conceptions of Matrilineal Kinship in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Malabar G. ARUNIMA Women and Gender in the Study of Tribes in India VIRGINIUS XAXA The 'Second Women's War' and the Emergence of Democratic Government in Manipur SAshow more

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