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Love, Labour and Law

Love, Labour and Law
Early and Child Marriage in India

Edited by:
  • Samita Sen - Vere Harmsworth Professor, Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Anindita Ghosh - Independent Researcher

December 2020 | 308 pages | SAGE Stree
Love, Labour and Law: Early and Child Marriage in India is a path-breaking book on an issue that has not been analysed in depth for a while, perhaps since it does not affect the elite. Today, the child brides are usually from poor families. They are of 15–17 years as compared to much younger brides in the earlier times. The book discusses why child marriages persist despite numerous legislative and policy initiatives to ‘eliminate’ the practice. The chapters examine social and legal reforms to raise the age of marriage; contemporary education and health-related policy attempts at prevention; relationship of child marriage with child labour, sex work, human trafficking and other issues.

Increasingly, there is greater resistance to marriages arranged by parents from the ‘child’ brides themselves who can now access institutional and bureaucratic support. How hopeful are these developments? The book goes beyond a simple policy focus on ‘elimination’ and provides a much-needed understanding of marriage and women’s agency within the context of the Indian marriage system.
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction by Samita Sen
Mary E. John
Some Historiographical Challenges in Approaching Child Marriage in India
Bhaswati Chatterjee
Child Marriage and the Second Social Reform Movement
Elvira Graner
Governing Child Marriage in India: The Protracted Reform Process
Ishita Savina Chowdhury and Utsarjana Mutsuddi
Love and Law: Understanding Child Marriages in Rural West Bengal
Deepita Chakravarty
Schooling, Work and Early Marriage: Girl Children in Contemporary Bengal
Samita Sen and Anindita Ghosh
Wives and Workers: Early Marriage in West Bengal
Tinku Khanna and Juanita Kakoty
Linking Child Marriage and Prostitution: The Last Girl
Biswajit Ghosh
Preventing Child Marriage in West Bengal: The Experience of Barddhaman District
Samita Sen and Elvira Graner
A Select Bibliography

Samita Sen

Samita Sen is Vere Harmsworth Professor in Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge. She was the first Vice Chancellor, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, West Bengal. She has taught at the universities of Calcutta and Jadavpur. Among her publications are Women and Labour in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press 1999) that won the Trevor Reese Prize in Commonwealth History; with Nilanjana Sengupta, Domestic Days: Women, Work, and Politics in Contemporary Kolkata (Oxford University Press 2016) and Passage to Bondage: Labour in the Assam Tea Plantations (Stree 2016). Presently working on women’s migration and... More About Author

Anindita Ghosh

Anindita Ghosh received her Ph.D from Jadavpur University and worked with research projects of the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. She is a member of Sachetana, Kolkata, a voluntary women’s organization. Currently, she is a consultant for Headword, a national publishing house. More About Author

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