Sex and the Family in Colonial India The Making of Empire

ISBN-10: 0521673798

ISBN-13: 9780521673792

Edition: 2008

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Description: In the early years of the British empire, cohabitation between Indian women and British men was commonplace and to some degree tolerated. However, as Durba Ghosh argues in a challenge to the existing historiography, anxieties about social status, appropriate sexuality, and the question of who could be counted as 'British' or 'Indian' were constant concerns of the colonial government even at this time. By following the stories of a number of mixed-race families, at all levels of the social scale, from high-ranking officials and noblewomen to rank-and-file soldiers and camp followers, and also the activities of indigenous female concubines, mistresses and wives, the author offers a fascinating account of how gender, class and race affected the cultural, social and even political mores of the period. The book makes an original and signal contribution to scholarship on colonialism, gender, and sexuality.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Colonial companions
Residing with begums: William Palmer, James Achilles Kirkpatrick and their G++wivesG++
Good patriarchs, uncommon families
Native women, native lives
Household order and colonial justice
Servicing military families: family labour, pensions and orphans
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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