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Nation and Family : Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India / Narendra Subramanian.

Author/Creator:
Subramanian, Narendra, author., Author,
Publication:
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (400 pages)
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Culture and law -- India.
Domestic relations -- India.
Families -- Political aspects -- India.
Law reform -- India -- History.
Multiculturalism -- India.
Nationalism -- India.
Religious minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- India.
Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- India.
Local subjects:
Personal law/family law. (search)
gender and law. (search)
law and politics. (search)
nationalism and multiculturalism. (search)
postcolonial India. (search)
postcolonial state formation. (search)
public policy. (search)
secularism and public religion. (search)
state-in-society analysis. (search)
women's rights. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The distinct personal laws that govern the major religious groups are a major aspect of Indian multiculturalism and secularism, and support specific gendered rights in family life. Nation and Family is the most comprehensive study to date of the public discourses, processes of social mobilization, legislation and case law that formed India's three major personal law systems, which govern Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. It for the first time systematically compares Indian experiences to those in a wide range of other countries that inherited personal laws specific to religious group, sect, or ethnic group. The book shows why India's postcolonial policy-makers changed the personal laws they inherited less than the rulers of Turkey and Tunisia, but far more than those of Algeria, Syria and Lebanon, and increased women's rights for the most part, contrary to the trend in Pakistan, Iran, Sudan and Nigeria since the 1970s. Subramanian demonstrates that discourses of community and features of state-society relations shape the course of personal law. Ruling elites' discourses about the nation, its cultural groups and its traditions interact with the state-society relations that regimes inherit and the projects of regimes to change their relations with society. These interactions influence the pattern of multiculturalism, the place of religion in public policy and public life, and the forms of regulation of family life. The book shows how the greater engagement of political elites with initiatives among the Hindu majority and the predominant place they gave Hindu motifs in discourses about the nation shaped Indian multiculturalism and secularism, contrary to current understandings. In exploring the significant role of communitarian discourses in shaping state-society relations and public policy, it takes "state-in-society" approaches to comparative politics, political sociology, and legal studies in new directions.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
TABLES AND FIGURES
ABBREVIATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Chapter 1. INDIAN PERSONAL LAW
Chapter 2. NATIONALISM, RECOGNITION, AND FAMILY FORMATION
Chapter 3. OFFICIAL NATIONALISM, MULTICULTURALISM, AND MAJORITARIAN CITIZEN MAKING
Chapter 4. RECASTING THE NORMATIVE NATIONAL FAMILY
Chapter 5. MINORITY ACCOMMODATION, CULTURAL MOBILIZATION, AND LEGAL PRACTICE
Chapter 6. NATIONALISM, MULTICULTURALISM, AND PERSONAL LAW
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780804790901
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780804790901 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.