Publisher description for Sex and the family in colonial India : the making of empire / Durba Ghosh.


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In the early years of the British empire, cohabitation between Indian women and British men was commonplace and to some degree tolerated. However, as Durba Ghosh argues in a challenge to the existing historiography, anxieties about social status, appropriate sexuality, and the question of who could be counted as 'British' or 'Indian' were constant concerns of the colonial government even at this time. By following the stories of a number of mixed-race families, at all levels of the social scale, from high-ranking officials and noblewomen to rank-and-file soldiers and camp followers, and also the activities of indigenous female concubines, mistresses and wives, the author offers a fascinating account of how gender, class and race affected the cultural, social and even political mores of the period. The book makes an original and signal contribution to scholarship on colonialism, gender, and sexuality.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Interracial marriage -- India -- History -- 18th century.
Interracial marriage -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Concubinage -- India -- History -- 18th century.
Concubinage -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Family -- India -- History -- 18th century.
Family -- India -- History -- 19th century.
India -- Race relations -- History -- 18th century.
India -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.