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Languages of Injustice: The culture of 'prize-giving' and information gathering on female infanticide in nineteenth-century India

Anagol, Padma 2017. Languages of Injustice: The culture of 'prize-giving' and information gathering on female infanticide in nineteenth-century India. Cultural and Social History 14 (4) , pp. 429-445. 10.1080/14780038.2017.1329124

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Abstract

Areas that remain understudied on female infanticide in India are information-gathering and the collaboration of elites. I examine the Company government’s shift from coercion to palliative approaches such as the institution of prize-cultures in nineteenth-century western India. Questions asked are: what was the role of reformers such as Bhau Daji as prize-winner in the essay competitions? how did it change notions of justice? How was the body of the Indian woman criminalised? I conclude that essay competitions in prize cultures acted as an instrument of rule whereby rebuke or reward allowed the easy importation of British notions of justice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing / SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1478-0038
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 March 2017
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2018 02:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115111

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