Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India

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9780195659061: Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India

This volume shows that slaves acquired by some ruling households were incorporated into patterns of kinship. Colonial abolitionist measures did not even try to release these slaves; they restructured ideologies of marriage and succession instead and eroded the status of slave-descended members over time.

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Indrani Chatterjee is at Institute of Asian Studies, Calacutta.

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"Chatterjee's study...offers new understanding of the place of the eunuch and the harem in the milieu of governance....[She] presents complex themes clearly and articulately. Her research in company and Indian records is deep and broad....her work is erudite and her arguments highly plausible."--History


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