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Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire

by Durba (Cornell University, New York) Ghosh

Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire Synopsis

In the early years of the British empire, cohabitation between Indian women and British men was commonplace and to some degree tolerated. However, as Durba Ghosh argues in a challenge to the existing historiography, anxieties about social status, appropriate sexuality, and the question of who could be counted as 'British' or 'Indian' were constant concerns of the colonial government even at this time. By following the stories of a number of mixed-race families, at all levels of the social scale, from high-ranking officials and noblewomen to rank-and-file soldiers and camp followers, and also the activities of indigenous female concubines, mistresses and wives, the author offers a fascinating account of how gender, class and race affected the cultural, social and even political mores of the period. The book makes an original and signal contribution to scholarship on colonialism, gender and sexuality.

Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire Press Reviews

'Ghosh's book will be immensely valuable to scholars of gender, race, and empire ...' Journal of Asian Studies '... Sex and the Family makes an important contribution to the investigation of racial and gender relations in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century India by reminding us of the anxiety Englishmen felt and by recovering some of the Indian women's voices.' Eighteenth-Century Studies The book is a critical intervention in the historiography of early colonial India, addresses an overlook chapter in the history of South Asian families, and challenges previous assumptions about the development of racialized ideologies in the British empire. -Mytheli Sreenivas, Journal of Sociology of the Family

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521857048
Publication date: 2nd November 2006
Author: Durba (Cornell University, New York) Ghosh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 292 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, Sociology: family & relationships,

About Durba (Cornell University, New York) Ghosh

Durba Ghosh is Assistant Professor in History at Cornell University. She has co-edited, with Dane Kennedy, Decentering Empire: Britain, India and the Transcolonial World (2006).

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