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generated by colonial officials and with its place and function in debates on the status of women.

generated by colonial officials and with its place and function in debates on the status of women. Further, my reading of the debate is not chronological but discursive, examining that which is specifically colonial and which unifies the superficially different analyses of sati and Indian society advanced by proponents and opponents of legislative intervention. WalterEwer: An Instance of Offcial Discourse Official discourse on sati was prompted by deliberation on whether it could be safely prohibited through legislation.

University of California Press, 1998. Between the first recorded colonial discussion of sati in 1789 and its abolition in 1829, the EIC promulgated four circulars on the practice. The late Samuel Cauman, author of The Living Museum, a book about Dorner, written when the latter was at Bennington, called the article to our attention and arranged for Lydia Dorner (Dor ncr's widow) to translate it into English.

Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India

Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. Though the prohibition of widow burning in 1829 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

Contentious Traditions shows how divided the colonial bureaucrats were on the political costs of intervening in sati . An important and disturbing book. Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts.

Contentious Traditions shows how divided the colonial bureaucrats were on the political costs of intervening in sati, how the grounds shifted in the arguments that the nineteenth-century Bengali reformer Rammonhun Roy made against sati in response to colonial pronouncements. how the Baptist missionaries took very different stances in addressing British and Indian audiences, and burning ricocheted between horror and fascination. "An important and disturbing book. is exemplary for its conceptual sophistication.

Contentious Traditions" analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. role of the colonial state. 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. The history of widow burning is one of paradox.

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1999 Oct 1;104(4):1281-1282.

PLANT MYTHS & TRADITIONS IN INDIA Shakti M. Gupta ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The . Gupta ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The writer is grateful to Mrs Kamla B. Patel, Mrs P. .Report "Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India".

Analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. This book 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.



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