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 1517 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 womens agency within the context of the Indian marriage system.

Wives and Workers: Early Marriage in West Bengal

  • By: Nirmala Banerjee, Alaka Malwade Basu, Kaushik Basu, Cain Mead, Syeda Rokeya Khanam, Shamsun Nahar, Indrani Chakraborty, Achin Chakraborty, Deepita Chakravarty, Ishita Chakravarty, Prem , Prem , Monica Dasgupta, Sonalde Desai, Jain Devaki, Tim Dyson, Mick Moore, Susan Greenhalgh, Devaki Jain, Nalini Singh, Malini Chand, Rounaq Jahan, Hanna Papanek, Naila Kabeer, Karin Kapadia, Karin Kapadia, Ravinder Kaur, M. E Khan, A. K. Tamang, Bella C. Patel, U Patnaik, Itishree Pattnaik, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, D Radha Devi, K. Srinivasan, S. Mukherjee, Vikas Rawal, Suman Sahai, Tanika Sarkar, Loes Schenk-Sandbergen, Gita Sen, Chiranjib Sen, Illina Sen, Samita Sen, Samita Sen, Nilanjana Sengupta, Anindita Sengupta, Ursula Sharma, Suchorita Sinha, Sylvia Vatuk, P. Hockings, C Vlassoff & Margot Wilson-Moore
  • In:Love, Labour and Law: Early and Child Marriage in India
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  • Subject:Culture & History, General Sociology, South Asia Studies
  • Keywords:domestic work; households; marriage; wages; wives; workers; working women

Wives and Workers: Early Marriage in West Bengal

Wives and workers: Early marriage in west bengal


THE POPULAR NOTION that Indian women do not work was challenged by feminist scholars in the 1980s. They pointed out that in fact women worked hard and long, but their labours were invisible because they themselves and most of their work were hidden in the home. New research drew attention to the figure of the bahu, the young bride, labouring from dawn to dusk, subject to near-absolute familial authority. Her ‘domestic’ work spanned cooking, cleaning and collecting water, but also field labour, home-based wage work, extended domestic work such as cattle-rearing and vegetable growing, subsistence work such as food processing, fuel gathering, childbirth, childcare and myriad emotional labour in ...

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