The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India

Srimati Basu

Verlag: Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd, 2015
ISBN 10: 8125058648 / ISBN 13: 9788125058649
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The Trouble with Marriage considers the legacies of legal reforms around marriage and gendered violence in India in the 1980s which were strongly influenced by demands of the women?s movement: lawyer-free Family Courts, the criminal prosecution of domestic violence, rape law reform, and the promotion of alternate dispute resolution as a mode of better gendered access. Looking backward to legislative debates, and forward to everyday life in legal sites of marital trouble, such as Family Court, police cells for women, and mediation organizations, it presents a portrait of contemporary marriage and of legal culture. New legal subjectivities and strategies emerge as men and women negotiate concerns with money, kinship and violence in formal and informal venues, using a range of potentially contradictory civil and criminal laws. Some laws become popular in ways not imagined as part of their feminist scope: Family Courts proffer reconciliation as optimal solution, rape law secures marriage by evacuating consent as a criterion; domestic violence claims help with better economic settlements while rendering violence invisible. Through compelling ethnographic vignettes and a re-evaluation of feminist theories of law, marriage, violence, property, and the state, Basu argues that despite reforms, legal process reproduces the profound structural vulnerabilities generated by marriage. Alternative dispute resolution, designed to empower women in a less adversarial legal environment, has created new subjectivities, but, paradoxically, also reinforces oppressive socioeconomic norms. This book would be of interest to those in Law and Society Studies, Gender / Women?s Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and to those activists and NGOs who work on gender, marriage and violence. Printed Pages: 280. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 89602

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Inhaltsangabe: The Trouble with Marriage is part of a new global feminist jurisprudence around marriage and violence that looks to law as strategy rather than solution. In this ethnography of lawyer-free family courts and mediations of rape and domestic violence charges in India, Srimati Basu depicts everyday life in legal sites of marital trouble, reevaluating feminist theories of law, marriage, violence, property, and the state. Basu argues that alternative dispute resolution, originally designed to empower women in a less adversarial legal environment, has created new subjectivities, but, paradoxically, has also reinforced oppressive socioeconomic norms that leave women no better off, individually or collectively.

From the Inside Flap: A riveting feminist ethnography of the new legal frontiers of marriage in India, The Trouble with Marriage is multifaceted in its engagement with both formal state law and sites of alternative dispute resolution. Written in a lucid and engaging style, it draws effortlessly on studies in law and society, legal pluralism, feminist legal theory, and postcolonial theory, demonstrating the riches of interdisciplinary research at its best.” Prabha Kotiswaran, author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India

Srimati Basu combines an enlivening, often humorous narrative voice with ideas of striking complexity, both theoretical and ethnographic. Readers grasp how marriage law, alternative dispute resolution, and quasi-legal processes of special interest can serve as sites of persistent hegemony and marginalization and, simultaneously, of resistance and opportunity for litigants. The author’s deep engagement with both academic and activist discourses enables her to reveal connections such as between marriage and rape with a persuasive force unparalleled in the literature.” Sarah Hautzinger, author of Violence in the City of Women: Police and Batterers in Bahia, Brazil

"The Trouble with Marriage is a brilliant, wise, and provocative intervention. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork in Kolkata, Srimati Basu provides a consistently thoughtful meditation on the potential and limits of feminist legal reforms. This empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated, and beautifully written book deserves to be read very widely." Mrinalini Sinha, author of Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire

"This engaging and exciting book examines the way the law in an Indian city manages marriage, kinship, and divorce, joining ethnographic richness with an impressive sophistication in the analysis of gender and law.  Its shows that despite impressive progress in improving women’s rights in marriage and divorce in India, their economic and social inequality persists and even undermines the effectiveness of these reforms." Sally Engle Merry, New York University

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Titel: The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists ...
Verlag: Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: New
Auflage: First edition.

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