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Defining girlhood in India : a transnational history of sexualmaturity law

Author: Ashwini Tambe; ProQuest (Firme)
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago ; Springfield : University of Illinois Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At what age does girlhood end and adulthood begin? This question vexes the modern practice of setting legal age standards for sexual consent. Societies across region and time have varied in defining when girls reach sexual maturity, and indeed they differentiate across contexts: laws on prostitution, rape, and marriage frequently contradict each other when demarcating an age of consent. Despite the variations, it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Livres numériques
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ashwini Tambe; ProQuest (Firme)
ISBN: 9780252042720 0252042727 9780252051586 0252051580
OCLC Number: 1135373679
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xii, 202 pages) : illustrations
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Responsibility: Ashwini Tambe.

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"At what age does girlhood end and adulthood begin? This question vexes the modern practice of setting legal age standards for sexual consent. Societies across region and time have varied in defining when girls reach sexual maturity, and indeed they differentiate across contexts: laws on prostitution, rape, and marriage frequently contradict each other when demarcating an age of consent. Despite the variations, it is clear that a striking upward shift in the legal age of sexual consent has occurred around the globe over the course of the twentieth century. In this book, Ashwini Tamba explores the shifting legal age boundary between the "girl" and the "woman" in India across the twentieth century and into the present. Tambe investigates how age boundaries such as 18 years emerged as meaningful distinctions, and explores the transnational circulation of ideas about appropriate age standards for sexual activity. The stakes in defining age boundaries in India are particularly high because India has long been the most prominent site of child marriage in the world. It is also the site of some of the most dramatic shifts in the legal age of marriage, from 12 years in 1892 to 18 years in 1978. The book focuses on key conceptual shifts that shaped these changes-the rise of the idea of adolescence as a sheltered phase, which was critical for justifying the deferral of marriage and adulthood; the rise of population science; and understandings of moral hierarchies between nations in a changing geopolitical landscape. Ultimately, Tambe argues that legal changes were not always an organic reflection of shifting cultural norms about girlhood; they were frequently motivated by legislators' anxieties about appearing culturally backward, or protecting parents' interests, or achieving population controltargets"--

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"Who is a girl? Tracking this not-so-simple question from the late-colonial to the contemporary moment, Ashwini Tambe weaves an intellectual, cultural, and transnational history of the girl question Read more...

 
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