Scandal of the State : Women, Law, and Citizenship in Postcolonial India

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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"Utterly specific to postcolonial India and its feminist debates, this book is also a significant contribution to general feminist theory and to the fraught question of the relationship of the postcolonial state to the 'international civil society.' Rajeswari Sunder Rajan uses 'high theory' occasionally, creatively, critically. All feminists (and, indeed, antifeminists) should read this book, if only to discover the one moment in this sober, meticulously researched, analytical text when political passion breaks through to the vision of a chilling dystopia."--Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, author of" A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present"

Author Biography

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan is Reader in English and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Women, Citizenship, Law, and the Indian State
I Women in Custody
The Ameena ``Case'': The Female Citizen and Subject
Beyond the Hysterectomies Scandal: Women, the Institution, Family, and State
II Women in Law
The Prostitution Question(s): Female Agency, Sexuality, and Work
Women Between Community and State: Some Implications of the Uniform Civil Code Debates
III Killing Women
Children of the State? Unwanted Girls in Rural Tamilnadu
Outlaw Woman: The Politics of Phoolan Devi's Surrender, 1983
Notes 237(42)
References 279(22)
Index 301

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