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Female Infanticide in India
A Feminist Cultural History
Female Infanticide in India
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Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar - Author
Renu Dube - Author
Reena Dube - Author
Price: $86.50 
Hardcover - 334 pages
Release Date: January 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6327-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6327-7

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Paperback - 334 pages
Release Date: January 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6328-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6328-4

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Electronic - 334 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8385-5

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Examines female infanticide in colonial and postcolonial India.

Female Infanticide in India is a theoretical and discursive intervention in the field of postcolonial feminist theory. It focuses on the devaluation of women through an examination of the practice of female infanticide in colonial India and the reemergence of this practice in the form of femicide (selective killing of female fetuses) in postcolonial India. The authors argue that femicide is seen as part of the continuum of violence on, and devaluation of, the postcolonial girl-child and woman. In order to fully understand the material and discursive practices through which the limited and localized crime of female infanticide in colonial India became a generalized practice of femicide in postcolonial India, the authors closely examine the progressivist British-colonial history of the discovery, reform, and eradication of the practice of female infanticide. Contemporary tactics of resistance are offered in the closing chapters.

“…an insightful if deeply disturbing study with broad implications … for other Asian societies in which societal modernization and masculinization have gone hand in hand.” — Population and Development Review

"Female Infanticide in India does not succumb to easy answers. After reading this book, it will be impossible to think of female infanticide in the reductive ways in which it is too often represented." — Sharon M. Harris, editor of Blue Pencils and Hidden Hands: Women Editing Periodicals, 1830–1910

"The research embodied in this book is substantial and the approach is marked by a strong and passionate commitment to feminist theory. A book that combines a sophisticated theoretical and empirical discussion of female infanticide in India is long overdue." — Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies

Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar is an independent scholar who has taught in India and the United States. Renu Dube is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication at Boise State University. Reena Dube is Assistant Professor of Film, Literature, and Postcolonial Theory at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Practice of Femicide in Postcolonial India and the Discourse of Population Control within the Nation State

2. Center and Periphery in British India: Post-Enlightenment Discursive Construction of Daughters Buried under the Family Room

3. Social Mobility in Relation to Female Infanticide in Rajput Clans: British and Indigenous Contestations about Lineage Purity and Hypergamy

4. A Critical History of the Colonial Discourse of Infanticide Reform, 1800–1854

Part I: Infanticide Reform as Extra-Economic Extraction of Surplus

5. A Critical History of the Colonial Discourse of Infanticide Reform, 1800–1854

Part II: The Erasure of the Female Child under Population Discourse

6. Subaltern Traditions of Resistance to Rajput Patriarchy Articulated by Generations of Women within the Meera Tradition

7. The Meera Tradition as a Historic Embrace of the Poor and the Dispossessed

Appendix: The Baee Nathee Case

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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