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The Hindu custom of dowry has long been blamed for the murder of wives and female infants in India In this highly provocative book Veena Oldenburg argues that these killings are neither about dowry nor reflective of an Indian culture or caste system that encourages violence against women Rather such killings can be traced directly to the influences of the British colonial era In the precolonial period dowry was an institution managed by women for women to enable them to establish their status and have recourse in an emergency As a conseuence of the massive economic and societal upheaval brought on by British rule women's entitlements to the precious resources obtained from land were erased and their control of th. I accidentally deleted my long review Such a waste This book is a must read for those who want to know what exactly dowry isHighly Highly recommended

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Dowry Murder The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime

E system diminished ultimately resulting in a devaluing of their very lives Taking us on a journey into the colonial Punjab Veena Oldenburg skillfully follows the paper trail left by British bureaucrats to indict them for interpreting these crimes against women as the inherent defects of Hindu caste culture The British Oldenburg claims publicized their civilizing mission and blamed the caste system in order to cover up the devastation their own agrarian policies had wrought on the Indian countryside A forceful demystification of contemporary bride burning concludes this remarkably original book Deploying her own experiences and memories and her research at a women's shelter with dowry cases for almost a year in t. Spanning from the mid 19th century to the present this is a mix of rigorous scholarship from the author and personal accounts from womenincluding an incredible personal tale from the author herself destabilizing the theory that the custom of dowry in Indiaparts of Pakistan is directly responsible for the outbreak of murdered wives in the region Instead Oldenburg argues that policies of the British Raj during British imperial rule of India which privatized land ownership into exclusively male hands and exerted intense economic pressure upon Indian male farmersland holders transformed dowries from safety net into a catalyst for marital conflict and violence The historical framework provided in the first five chapters is rich in detail and serves as the foundation for Oldenburg s argument The last chapter which consists of women s personal accounts of violence and their efforts to escape it could almost stand alone and still be worthy of five stars

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He mid eighties the author looks at the contemporary violence against wives and daughters in law in modern India Oldenburg seamlessly weaves the contemporary with the historical the personal with the political and strips the layers of exoticism off an ancient practice to show how an invaluable safety net was twisted into a deadly noose She brings us startlingly close to the worsening treatment of modern Indian women as she challenges us to rethink basic assumptions about women's human and economic rights Combining rigorous research with impassioned analysis and a nuanced treatment of a complex deeply controversial subject this book critiues colonialism while holding a mirror to gender discrimination in modern Ind. Those who want to know the reason of dowry And how it came in to existence should read this book


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  1. says:

    I accidentally deleted my long review Such a waste This book is a must read for those who want to know what exactly dowry isHighly Highly recommended

  2. says:

    Spanning from the mid 19th century to the present this is a mix of rigorous scholarship from the author and personal accounts from womenincluding an incredible personal tale from the author herself destabilizing the theory that the custom of dowry in Indiaparts of Pakistan is directly responsible for the outbrea

  3. says:

    Those who want to know the reason of dowry And how it came in to existence should read this book

  4. says:

    Dowry Murder is a sociological piece which aims to dig deeper into the phenomenon of dowry in India It begins wi

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    This book was recommended by Ashish Iyer I am grateful to him for this The name dowry always struck an ominous note in my heart With Indian teleserials and the media hyping it I never was proud of it The author of this book has conducted extensive and painstaking research to give the truth about this system Trust me It is a must read We realize that dowry as an asset for a lady This system was manipulated by the West and potrayed as some d