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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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Browse related items Start at call number: 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.
Nielsen Book Data A landmark publication in several fields at once: 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.
If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. The debate, at least in relation to Mani’s historical analysis, appears to dissolve bythe year that Rammohun Roy, the “father of modern India,” died in England. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.
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 debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a devate act of wifely devotion.
The EIC employed indigenous interpreters, at least until EIC officials learned Sanskrit and Persian, to locate and provide analysis of Yraditions texts in the codification of colonial law. View freely available titles: University of California Press, c Contact Contact Us Help.
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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. Publication date ISBN hbk.
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 coloniap classes, and the indigenous masses. Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts.
Between the first recorded colonial discussion of sati in and its abolition inthe EIC promulgated four circulars on the practice. Physical description xiv, p.
Contentious Traditions by Lata Mani – Paperback – University of California Press
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: 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.
Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. 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.
Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. In this debate between and among EIC [End Page ] officials and indigenous male elite, “women are neither subjects nor Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at its best.
The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion. Skip to search Skip to main content. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. The Company saw customary practices as “degraded,” “superstitious,” and ensuring the “corrupt” power of Brahmin priests.
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