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

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Univ of California Press, Jan 3, 2015 - Social Science - 280 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Marriage Law in Formation
33
On Reading and Speaking Law
59
Justice without Lawyers? Living the Family Court Experiment
86
Diagnosing Conjugality and Kinship
118
Rape and Marriage Conjoined
150
Negotiating the Violence
176
Conclusions and Worries
210
References
239
Index
257
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Srimati Basu is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property, and Propriety, the editor of Dowry and Inheritance (Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism series), and the coeditor of Conjugality Unbound: Sexual Economy and the Marital Form in India.

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