Codes of Misconduct: Regulating Prostitution in Late Colonial Bombay

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - History - 179 pages
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Across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, legislators in Bombay passed a series of repetitive laws seeking to control prostitution. During the same time, Bombay's sex industry grew vast in scale. Ashwini Tambe explores why these remarkably similar laws failed to achieve their goal and questions the actual purpose of such lawmaking.
 

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Contents

1 The Colonial State Law and Sexuality
1
2 A Failed Experiment? The Contagious Diseases Acts in Bombay
26
3 Racial Stratification and the Discourse of Trafficking
52
Subaltern Indian Brothel Workers
79
5 Abolition and Nationalism
100
Contemporary Reflections
122
Acknowledgments
131
Chronology of Laws Relevant to Prostitution in Bombay
135
Notes
139
Bibliography
155
Index
175
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Ashwini Tambe is assistant professor of women's studies and history at the University of Toronto.

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