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Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime

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The Hindu custom of dowry has long been blamed for the murder of wives and female infants in India. In this highly provocative book, Veena Oldenburg argues that these killings are neither about dowry nor reflective of an Indian culture or caste system that encourages violence against women. Rather, such killings can be traced directly to the influences of the British ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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Apr 20, 2011 Nick rated it it was amazing
Spanning from the mid-19th century to the present, this is a mix of rigorous scholarship from the author and personal accounts from women(including an incredible personal tale from the author herself), destabilizing the theory that the custom of dowry in India/parts of Pakistan is directly responsible for the outbreak of murdered wives in the region.
Instead, Oldenburg argues that policies of the British Raj (during British imperial rule of India), which privatized land ownership into exclusiv
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