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Author Thinking Through Law: South Asian Histories and the Legal Archive (Conference) (2013 : New Delhi, India)

Title Iterations of law : legal histories from India / Aparna Balachandran, Rashmi Pant, and Bhavani Raman
Edition First edition
Published New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Contents Introduction: Iterations of law : legal history from India / Aparna Balachandran, Bhavani Raman, and Rashmi Pant -- The life of law in modern India : a present history of the Martha court / Janaki Nair -- Speaking in multiple registers : property and the narrative of care / Rashmi Pant -- Violence and the language of law / Neeladri Bhattacharya -- Law in times of counter-insurgency / Bhavani Raman -- Petition town : law, custom, and urban space in colonial South India / Aparna Balachandran -- 'To mount or not to mount?' : court records and law making in early modern Rajasthan / Nandita Sahai -- Power, petitions, and the 'povo' in early English Bombay / Philip J. Stern -- Of truth and taxes : a material history of early stamp't paper / Shrimoyee Ghosh -- Public finance and personal law in late colonial India / Eleanor Newbigin
Summary "This volume reflects a recent transformation of the concerns of social scientists regarding the legal history of South Asia. While, earlier, historians looked at the results rather than the performance of law, the concerns later shifted to unravelling the socioeconomic and political contexts that shaped law-making and its practice. Iterations of Law advances these new perspectives on legal history from South Asia. Going beyond an area studies rubric to critically engage with recent work in colonial and transnational legal history, the essays in this volume utilize both archival and everyday records to interrogate the relationship between the discipline of history and the institution of law. The contributors to this volume include both young and established scholars who address the enacted and performative aspects of law that illuminate how rights are inscribed into a hierarchical order, a process that is often elided and fragmented by jurisdictional contexts. Their essays focus on complex moments in the life of the law when rights or claims simultaneously inaugurate a new economy of power and authority. Through these chapters, it becomes possible to interrogate the framing of legal regimes 'from below' and treat the law as a process that entails constant exchange, conflict, and adjustment between the rulers and the governed."-- Provided by publisher
Notes Papers presented at a Conference, Thinking Through Law: South Asian Histories and the Legal Archive, held on 25-7 April 2013 at New Delhi, India, under the auspices of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi, jointly organized by the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Department of History, Delhi University and Department of History, Princeton University, USA
This edition previously issued in print: 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on March 6, 2018)
Subject Law -- India -- History -- Congresses
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Balachandran, Aparna, 1974- editor
Pant, Rashmi, editor
Raman, Bhavani, editor
Jawaharlal Nehru University. Centre for Historical Studies, organizer
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, sponsoring body
Princeton University. Department of History, organizer
University of Delhi. History Department, organizer
ISBN 0199091099
9780199091096 (ebook)