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The Scandal of the State: Women, Law, and Citizenship in Postcolonial India (Next Wave)

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The Scandal of the State is a path-breaking examination of the relationship between the postcolonial, democratic Indian nation-state and Indian women's actual needs and lives. Well-known for her work combining feminist theory and postcolonial studies, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan shows how the state is central to understanding women's identities and how, reciprocally, women and "women's issues" affect the state's role and function. She argues that in India law and citizenship define for women not only the scope of political rights but also cultural identity and everyday life. Sunder Rajan delineates the postcolonial state in implicit contrast with the "enlightened," post-feminist neoliberal state in the West. Her analysis wrestles with complex social realities, taking into account the influence of age, ethnicity, religion, and class on individual and group identities as well as the shifting, heterogeneous nature of the state itself.The Scandal of the State develops through a series of compelling case studies, each of which centers around an incident exposing the contradictory position of the Indian state vis-à-vis its female citizens and, ultimately, the inadequacy of its commitment to women's rights. Sunder Rajan focuses on the custody battle over a Muslim child bride, the compulsory sterilization of mentally retarded women in state institutional care, female infanticide in Tamilnadu, prostitution as labor rather than crime, and the surrender of the female outlaw Phoolan Devi. She also looks at the ways the Uniform Civil Code presented many women with a stark choice between allegiance to their religion and community or the secular assertion of individual rights. Rich with theoretical acumen and activist passion, The Scandal of the State is a powerful critique of the mutual dependence of women and the state on one another in the specific context of a postcolonial modernity.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780822330486
ISBN-10: 0822330482
Pagini: 336
Ilustrații: 5 tables
Dimensiuni: 161 x 231 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.5 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Duke University Press
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"The Scandal of the State is filled with Rajeswari Sunder Rajan's trademark scrupulousness and full documentation of opposing views, yet also with her characteristic wit and deep political wisdom. Her ultimate indictment of the realities of the Indian state is biting and utterly persuasive. This is a brilliant, path-breaking book." Bruce Robbins, author of Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress"The Scandal of the State: Women, Law, and Citizenship in Postcolonial India is an engagingexploration of the mutually constitutive relationship between women and the state. In sixcompelling case studies, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan demonstrates that theorists' relegation ofwomen to the realms of community and family has been misguided, and that the study of'women as citizens' is a productive one. . . The Scandal of the State is a rewarding, if sobering,discussion of women in the Indian state. Rajan has made a valuable contribution to statetheory by delving into the problematic ways in which women live with the state."--Environmentand Planning D: Society and Space, 2004, Volume 22 issue 6

Notă biografică

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan is Reader in English and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She is the author of "Real and Imagined Women: Gender, Culture, and Postcolonialism "and editor of "Signposts: Gender Issues in Post-Independence India."

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""The Scandal of the State "is filled with Rajeswari Sunder Rajan's trademark scrupulousness and full documentation of opposing views, yet also with her characteristic wit and deep political wisdom. Her ultimate indictment of the realities of the Indian state is biting and utterly persuasive. This is a brilliant, pathbreaking book."--Bruce Robbins, author of "Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress"