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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Journal of World History. University of California Press, University of California Press, c Books Digital Products Journals. About the Thd Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. Contending discourses of pro- and anti-sati forces were forged in relation to official discourse.

Physical description sari, p. This was also the period of the Bengal “Renaissance,” associated with Roy’s social reform movement, depicted in Indian nationalist historiography as a modern bhadralok social force that eventually influenced the composition of later anti-colonial nationalist discourse.

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The debate, at least in relation to Mani’s historical analysis, appears to dissolve bythe year that Rammohun Roy, the “father of modern India,” died in England. 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.

Here, Mani focuses on four “sites” of bhadralok discourse: Chapter 1 examines the production of colonial knowledge on the subject. Chapter 2 explores the discursive specificities–“competing versions of modernity”–that framed indigenous male discourse on sati. Mani brilliantly illustrates contentioue 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.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. While the chief players traditiins the debate argued over the 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.

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These three “publics” represent the discursive elements traditiins the formation of colonial discourse on sati. Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this “dreadful rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts:.

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If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian. Lata Mani’s Contentious Traditions is an examination of this debate. The history idnia widow burning is one of paradox.

Though thr prohibition of widow burning in 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. The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.

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Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at its best. Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel a rewriting of history, thus destabilizing the ways we are accustomed undia look at women and men, at “tradition,” custom, and modernity. Though the prohibition of widow burning in 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.

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. A scene, the most perfectly hellish that we ever saw, was 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.

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And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions. 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. Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Nielsen Book Data Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. The indiw of widow burning is one of paradox. The ability of the colonial state to extract revenue and material resources, to codify and enact laws, was mediated by differentiated and uneven relations among metropolitan Britain, indigenous middle classes, and the indigenous masses.

Between the first recorded colonial discussion of sati in and its abolition inthe EIC promulgated four circulars on the practice. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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A landmark publication in several fields at once: Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Skip to search Skip to main content. And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of sati, a fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions. Not available in South Asia Pages: Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

While the chief players in the debate argued over the 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. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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.