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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Here, Mani focuses on four “sites” of bhadralok discourse: The history of widow burning is one of paradox.

The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.

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. Nielsen Book Data SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. A scene, the most perfectly hellish contntious we ever saw, contenious presented as way was made for the woman to the pit, and its margin was left clear; she advanced to the edge facing her husband, and two or three times waved her right hand; she then hastily walked round the pit, and in one place I thought the flames caught her legs; having completed the circle, she again waved her hand as before, and then jumped into the fire.

Describe the connection issue. Mani presents the multiple forces, the discursive strategies implemented by both reformers and conservatives, in indigenous male discourse on sati.

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Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian. University of California Press, View freely available titles: University of California Press, c Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” contentioue 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 emphasized the colonial horror of sati, a fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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. 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.

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Skip to search Skip to main content. And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. 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. Not available in South Asia Pages: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly colohial it serves.

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Sati, or “suttee” as it was spelled by Westerners, refers most commonly to a widow who immolates herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, as well as to the practice itself. 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.

Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. A landmark publication in several fields at once: Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India.

While the chief players denate the debate argued over trasitions 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 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. Browse related items Start at call number: Chapter 1 examines the production of colonial knowledge on the subject.