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Introduction: Excess, a History

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

This introductory chapter traces the history of the concept of the sexually deviant female in colonial India. It first takes a look at how the figure of the prostitute appears across different ... More


Evolution: Ethnology and the Primitivity of Deviant Female Sexuality

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0005
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter accounts for the foundational place of deviant female sexuality in social evolutionary thought over the period between the 1860s and the 1950s. It begins by analyzing concepts of ... More


Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Durba Mitra

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

During the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals—philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social ... More


Origins: Philology and the Study of Indian Sex Life

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter offers a conceptual history of the modern study of ancient Indian sex. It traces the intellectual history of how the philology of Sanskrit erotics, particularly through concepts of ... More


Veracity: Life Stories and the Revelation of Social Life

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter turns to popular texts, focusing on a set of lay sociologies and “prostitute autobiographies” in the rapidly expanding world of print in the period from the 1870s until the 1940s. In ... More


Repetition: Law and the Sociology of Deviant Female Sexuality

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter analyzes how new modes of sociological inquiry created categories of women's sexuality that defined colonial legal interventions into Indian social life. It examines the expanding field ... More


Sociological Description and the Forensics of Sexuality

Durba Mitra

in Locating the Medical: Explorations in South Asian History

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780199486717
eISBN:
9780199092093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199486717.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter analyses how typologies of deviant female sexuality shaped medico-legal narratives of abortion in colonial eastern India. I argue that forensic medicine shaped normative understandings ... More


Afterword

Durba Mitra

in Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691196350
eISBN:
9780691197029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196350.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This concluding chapter examines the idealized Indian society through a feminist lens. It first begins with a summary of the major themes introduced in the previous chapters. Afterward, the chapter ... More


Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community

Daniel Hurewitz

in Bohemian Los Angeles: and the Making of Modern Politics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520249257
eISBN:
9780520941694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249257.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In mid- and late-1930s Los Angeles, fairies and degenerates became identified as dangerous because they were allied in the political culture with leftists and radicals. That imagined convergence of ... More


Prodigal (Non)Citizens: Teen Pregnancy and Public Health at the Border

Ruby C. Tapia

in American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death, and the Maternal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816653102
eISBN:
9781452946153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816653102.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter draws upon the work of both critical-race theorists and feminist sociologists to analyze how the California Department of Health Services’ “Partnership for Responsible Parenting” ... More


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