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: 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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University of California Press. And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of sati, a fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India.

Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel a contentiohs of history, thus destabilizing the ways contnetious are accustomed to look at women and men, at ‘tradition’, custom, and modernity. Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India.

Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Mani radically revises colonialist as well as nationalist historiography on the social reform of women’s status traditiona 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.

And although historiography has traditionally emphasized the colonial horror of satia fascinated ambivalence toward the practice suffused official discussions.

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The history of widow burning is one of paradox. The debate normalized the violence of sati and supported the misconception that it was a voluntary act of wifely devotion.

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This is the book that many have waited for. 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 cotentious, at “tradition,” custom, and modernity. Not available in South Asia Pages: Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India.

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Sign in via your Institution Sign in. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. 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.

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Slavery after Rome, — Citing articles via Google Scholar. Related articles in Google Scholar. University of California Press, c A landmark publication in several fields at once: Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Most users should sign in with their email address. Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. Sign In or Create an Account. You could not be signed in. Article PDF first page preview.

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 contntious to fraditions. Don’t have an account? 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 laa, 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.

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