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Redefining Family Law in India

1st Edition

Edited by Archana Parashar, Amita Dhanda

Routledge India

382 pages

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This volume is a collection of articles by scholars across disciplines to create a discourse of family law independent of Religious Personal Law, whilst striving for fairness and justice to all. It demonstrates the artificiality of the public–private divide and seeks the systematic development of ideas for a fair and just family law in contemporary India.

The book does not merely document the pathologies of power within the family but also makes proposals for remedying these inequities. It is not confined to considering what changes need to be inducted into existing family law to make it more just, but also strategises on the means and methods of effecting the change. It lifts the familial veil and scrutinises the status, rights and disabilities of some of the subordinated members of the family. The volume is an invitation to redefine family law with the twin tools of reflection and responsibility.

It will interest those in law judges, legislators, law reformers as well as those in women and family studies, policy makers and policy analysts, apart from the general reader.


‘[The book] generate[s] a discourse [on] a just family law and note[s] that there is a strong need for engaging scholars from other disciplines to analyse law and legal institutions.’ — The Book Review

Table of Contents

B. Sivaramayya: A Work Profile Introduction: Archana Parashar and Amita Dhanda 1. Inheriting Modernity: A Discussion Concerning the Problem of Religious Intolerance in Three Traditions: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism M. Vasudevacharya 2. Wives and Whores: The Regulation of the Economies in Sexual Labour Prabha Kotiswaran 3. Saving Custom or Promoting Incest? Post-Independence Marriage Law and Dravidian Marriage Practices Patricia Uberoi 4. A Psychosocial Critique of the Law of Adoption in India Amita Dhanda 5. Paternalistic Law, Autonomous Child and the Responsible Judges Archana Parashar 6. Dysphoric Bodies of Law Damini Bhalla and Supriya Sankaran 7. Sexuality, Freedom and the Law S.P. Sathe 8. Divorce at the Wife’s Initiative In Muslim personal Law: What are the Opinions and What are Their Implications for Women’s Welfare? Sylvia Vatuk 9. Hindu Conjugality: Transition from Sacrament to Contractual Obligations Flavia Agnes 10. Family, Work and Matrimonial property: Implications for Women and Children Kamala Sankaran 11. Succession Laws and Gender Justice Poonam Pradhan Saxena 12. ‘Bargaining’, Gender Equality and Legal Change: The Case of India’s Inheritance Laws Bina Agarwal Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Family Law / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies