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Sex and the Family in Colonial India


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Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Colonial companions; 2. Residing with begums: William Palmer, James Achilles Kirkpatrick and their 'wives'; 3. Good patriarchs, uncommon families; 4. Native women, native lives; 5. Household order and colonial justice; 6. Servicing military families: family labour, pensions and orphans; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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Study of conjugal relationships between Indian women and British men in colonial India.

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Durba Ghosh is Assistant Professor in History at Cornell University. She has co-edited, with Dane Kennedy, Decentering Empire: Britain, India and the Transcolonial World (2006).


"The book is a critical intervention in the historiography of early colonial India, addresses an overlook chapter in the history of South Asian families, and challenges previous assumptions about the development of racialized ideologies in the British empire." -Mytheli Sreenivas, Journal of Sociology of the Family

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