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Conjugality Unbound - Sexual Economies, State Regulation and the Marital Form in India
Conjugality Unbound - Sexual Economies, State Regulation and the Marital Form in India

Conjugality Unbound - Sexual Economies, State Regulation and the Marital Form in India

by Srimati Basu

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9788188965885 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 283



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Author: Srimati Basu
Sarah Pinto/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Srimati Basu/ Lucinda Ramberg
Publisher: Women Unlimited
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 283
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188965885


This book questions marriage as a self-evident, timeless, and unitary institution, and considers the complex negotiations of everyday intimate, economic, sexual, domestic, and procreative arrangements that occur under the sign of marriage. What counts as marriage? What s love got to do with it? How are the married and the unmarried marked off from each other in relation to the law and to the gods? Might productive, inventive, subversive relationships and modes of being human take shape outside marriage and/or against its regulatory norms? There are seemingly infinite formulae for addressing such questions.

In conversation with materialist feminist theory, queer theory, and postcolonial theory, this book considers the nature of sexual economies and the ways in which the discourses of marriage and conjugality operate within them. The essays launch an interdisciplinary conversation across the historical and ethnographic record in India, analysing marriage as reflected in the deployment of legal, psychiatric, and reproductive governance, in contested boundaries of religion and kinship, in marriage to gods and queer subjects and across castes. These conversations help us think about marriage, its regulation, and its reinventions as windows onto social life and human thriving, as well as social death and individual abjection.

About The Editors:

Srimati Basu is Associate Professor of Gender and Women s Studies, and Anthropology, at the University of Kentucky, working on law, marriage, and violence. She is the author of the forthcoming monograph, The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India. She has previously written about Indian women and inheritance laws in, She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety; and on property, law, marriage, intimacy, violence, and popular culture in various anthologies and journals. She edited the Dowry & Inheritance volume in the series Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism, and is a contributing blogger to Ms. magazine.

Lucinda Ramberg is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of the monograph, Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion, and has published articles in American Ethnologist; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; Feminist Studies; and Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness.




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