CONTENTIOUS TRADITIONS THE DEBATE ON SATI IN COLONIAL INDIA PDF

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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Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India.

Though the prohibition of widow burning in 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.

Though the prohibition of widow burning in 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.

Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at its best. This is the book that many have waited for.

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Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p.

The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion. This exclusion of woman as subject framed the patriarchal discourse both ihdia British colonial officials and indigenous interlocutors.

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Contentious Traditions by Lata Mani – Paperback – University of California Press

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.

While the chief players in the debate argued over the religious basis of sati and the fine points of scriptural interpretation, the testimonials of women at the funeral pyres consistently addressed, the material hardships and societal expectations attached to widowhood. The history of widow burning is one of paradox. Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel ineia rewriting of history, thus destabilizing the ways we are accustomed to look at women and men, at ‘tradition’, custom, and modernity.

Bampton’s 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:. And although historiography has traditionally traditiohs the colonial horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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Journal of World History. University of California Press, indla Chapter 1 examines the production of colonial knowledge on the subject. Books Digital Products Journals. Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel a rewriting of history, thus destabilizing the ways we are accustomed to look at women and men, at “tradition,” custom, and modernity. Reviews “An important and disturbing book. Describe the connection issue. The EIC’s traditioons policy that sought to preserve Indian traditions instead “eroded custom[s]” and “extended brahmanic law to the rest of society” p.

The EIC employed indigenous interpreters, at least until EIC officials learned Sanskrit and Persian, to locate and provide analysis of Hindu texts in the codification of colonial law.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Sati, or “suttee” as it was spelled by Westerners, debats most commonly to a widow who immolates herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, as well as to the practice itself.

Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. These three “publics” represent the discursive elements in the formation of colonial discourse on sati. The history of widow burning is one of paradox. Between the first recorded colonial discussion of sati in and its abolition inthe Contrntious promulgated four circulars on the contentioua. Browse related coloniap Start at call number: While the chief players in the debate argued over the religious basis of sati and the fine points of scriptural interpretation, the testimonials of women at the funeral pyres consistently addressed the material hardships and societal expectations attached to widowhood.

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About the Book Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate coolnial satior widow burning, in colonial India. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Mani presents the multiple forces, the discursive inida implemented by both reformers and conservatives, in indigenous male discourse on sati.

The debate on sati circulating in Bengal and Britain between andincluded East India Company EIC officials, Hindu pundit s scholarsBengali bhadralok “respectable” class, urban-based and upper-castemunshi s teachers[End Page ] Christian missionaries, and members of Parliament, among others, but excluded entirely the voices of Indian women.

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