Download PDF by Rochona Majumdar: Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal

By Rochona Majumdar

An cutting edge cultural historical past of the evolution of contemporary marriage practices in Bengal, Marriage and Modernity demanding situations the belief that prepared marriage is an antiquated perform. Rochona Majumdar demonstrates that during the past due colonial interval Bengali marriage practices underwent alterations that resulted in a valorization of the bigger, intergenerational kinfolk as a respected, “ancient” social establishment, with prepared marriage because the apotheosis of an “Indian” culture. She meticulously files the ways in which those newly embraced “traditions”—the and organized marriage—entered into pageant and dialog with different rising varieties of kinship corresponding to the fashionable unit of the couple, with either versions partaking promiscuously within the new “marketplace” for marriages, the place matrimonial ads within the print media and the cost of dowry performed crucial roles. Majumdar argues that jointly the kinship buildings newly asserted as distinctively Indian and the emergence of the wedding industry constituted what was once and nonetheless is sleek approximately marriages in India.

Majumdar examines 3 wide advancements on the topic of the modernity of prepared marriage: the expansion of a wedding industry, concomitant debates approximately intake and vulgarity within the behavior of weddings, and the criminal legislation of family members estate and marriages. Drawing on matrimonial ads, marriage ceremony invites, poems, pictures, felony debates, and an unlimited periodical literature, she indicates that the modernization of households doesn't inevitably suggest a transition from prolonged kinship to extended family buildings, or from matrimonial agreements negotiated among households to marriage contracts among contributors. Colonial Bengal tells a truly diversified story.

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