The Intimate State
Love-Marriage and the Law in Delhi
By Perveez Mody
Routledge India – 2008 – 250 pages
Series: Critical Asian Studies
This book provides an ethnography of love-marriages in the late 1990s in Delhi, identifying the ways in which marriage is ever more a pitch of intense political contestation. It bears upon anthropological understandings of marriageability, urban morality, gender, kinship and the study of the individual and the couple in contemporary India.
Foreword by Veena Das. Preface. Introduction 1. 'A Form of Marriage in Certain Cases' 2. Legitimating Love: Tis Hazari and the Judicial Process 3. Kidnapping, Elopement, and Self-Abduction 4. Failed Love. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
Perveez Mody is Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge