: Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India ( ): Lata Mani: Books. 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, University of California Press, Pp. xiv + This important book – a.

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Slavery after Rome, — And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the contentiouus horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions. The history of widow burning is one of paradox. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Related articles in Google Scholar. Sign In or Create an Account.

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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian.


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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 Tracitions tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.

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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. You could not be signed in. Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.

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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 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.

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. Unsettling and illuminating, this is feminist scholarship at its best.

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