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Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India

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published: 11 / 2010

pages: 256

price: 12.00 euros

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Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India

By Grover Shalini

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This book provides a new and welcome perspective on contemporary marriage and co-habitation patterns among the Indian urban, low-caste poor. This is a subject on which little previous anthropological research has been done; consequently, much that has been written on it is replete with stereotypes. The rich ethnography, with its large number of extended case studies of the marital experiences of individual women and married couples, is one of the work's strong points. It should be widely read by anyone interested in the Indian family and kinship structure or in issues of poverty, marriage, and urban life more generally.

Professor (Emerita) Sylvia Vatuk, University of Illinois

This book deserves a large audience. With fascinating case studies and detailed ethnographic material, Shalini Grover enriches our understanding of how poor urban women in Delhi negotiate their married lives, move in and out of relationships, and mobilise support from their kin or from women-led informal courts. Using her data to argue robustly against the many unfounded presumptions about gender politics, love, marriages, intimacy, and married women's relationships with their families of origin, she makes important interventions into wider debates about gender, marriage and kinship.

Professor Patricia Jeffery, University of Edinburgh

Shalini Grover's ethnography of marriage, re-marriage and arbitration in an urban squatter colony makes a significant contribution to recent feminist and anthropological research on marriage, kinship and law in India. Grover provides rich vignettes of cultural negotiations around marriage: gender- and caste-inflected ideologies of roles in marriage, the cushion provided by kin support, conjugality in the shadow of the law. We see the ways in which marriage is dynamically shaped through kin and labour demands, and legal pluralities emerging through innovative NGO and caste council actions. My favourite is the chapter on mahila panchayats, "women's courts" which work to change the adversarial contours of marital disputes but are nonetheless embedded in normative gendered scripts.

Professor Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky

keywords: Gender, India, Marriage, Poverty

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