Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Author(s): Lata Mani. Source: Cultural Critique, No. 7, The Nature and Context. Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. By LATA MANI. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, Pp. xiv + $ (paper ). Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India, by Lata Mani,. Berkeley, University of California Press, Pp. xiv + This important book – a.
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Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. These three “publics” represent the discursive elements in the formation of colonial discourse on sati. Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at colonlal best. Though the prohibition of widow burning denate was heralded as a key step forward for women’s emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women who were burned were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.
The history of widow burning is one of paradox. The ability of the colonial state to extract revenue and material resources, to codify and enact laws, was mediated by differentiated and uneven relations among metropolitan Britain, indigenous middle classes, and the indigenous masses. A scene, the most perfectly hellish that we ever saw, was presented as way was made for the woman to traditiond pit, and its margin was left clear; she advanced to the edge facing her husband, and two or three times waved her right hand; she then hastily walked round the pit, and in one place Coloial thought the flames caught her legs; having completed the circle, she again waved her hand as before, and then jumped into the fire.
Not available in South Asia Pages: Journal drbate World History Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. Nielsen Book Data SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. The Company saw customary practices as indai “superstitious,” and ensuring the “corrupt” power of Brahmin priests.
Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this contentoius rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts: The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.
Sayi eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this “dreadful rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts:. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.
University of California Press, c Here, Mani focuses on four “sites” of bhadralok discourse: View freely available titles: Physical description xiv, p.
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Contact Contact Us Help. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the sayi Though the prohibition deabte widow burning in tradihions heralded as a key step forward for women’s emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women who were burned were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.
For Mani, marks a distinct shift in the structure and mission of the EIC from a trading company to that of a colonial, a revenue collecting state, the result of a “complex mediation structured by relations of domination and subordination” p. Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian. Publication date ISBN hbk.
About the Book Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India.
The debate, at least in relation to Mani’s historical analysis, appears to dissolve bythe year that Rammohun Debzte, the “father of modern India,” died in England.
This was also the period of the Bengal “Renaissance,” associated with Roy’s social reform movement, depicted in Indian nationalist historiography as a modern bhadralok social force that eventually influenced the composition of later anti-colonial nationalist discourse.
Mani radically revises colonialist as well as nationalist historiography on the social reform of women’s status in the colonial period and clarifies the complex and contradictory character of missionary writings on India. A landmark publication in several fields at once: Journal of World History. Tue Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India.
Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel traditilns rewriting of history, thus destabilizing the ways we are accustomed to look at women and men, at ‘tradition’, custom, and modernity.
EIC officials sought to discover Hindu scriptures, as opposed to customs, that they assumed were the basis for Hindu laws. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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Lata Mani’s Contentious Traditions is an examination of this debate. The EIC’s non-interference policy that sought to preserve Indian traditions instead “eroded custom[s]” and “extended brahmanic law to the rest of society” p.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p.