This book provides an ethnography of love-marriages in the late 1990s in Delhi, identifying the ways in which marriage is ever more a pitch of intense political contestation. It bears upon anthropological understandings of marriageability, urban morality, gender, kinship and the study of the individual and the couple in contemporary India.
Foreword by Veena Das. Preface. Introduction 1. 'A Form of Marriage in Certain Cases' 2. Legitimating Love: Tis Hazari and the Judicial Process 3. Kidnapping, Elopement, and Self-Abduction 4. Failed Love. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
Critical Asian Studies is devoted to in-depth studies of emergent social and cultural phenomena in the countries of the region. While recognizing the important ways in which the specific and often violent histories of the nation-state have influenced the social formations in this region, the hooks in this series also examine the processes of translation, exchange, boundary crossings in the linked identities and histories of the region. The authors in this series engage with social theory through ethnographically grounded research and archival work.