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Codes of Misconduct: Regulating Prostitution in Late Colonial Bombay

Price : $34.50
ISBN # : 9788189884420
Author : Tambe, Ashwini
pages: 180
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Zubaan Books
Published : 2009

This remarkable study focuses on the relationship between forms of prostitution, discourses on law making, and law enforcement practices. Across the 19th and early 20th centuries, the colonial government in Bombay city formulated laws on prostitution that were enormously repetitive. Activities such as soliciting men, pimping and procuring women and girls for prostitution were banned in identical ways in multiple eras. Across the same hundred years, commercial sex grew vast in scale, and Bombay became a node in a transnational sex trade circuit. This book argues that while the expansion of Bombay's sex trade over the past century might suggest that laws were simply ineffectual, law making was instead a productive process that sustained particular forms of prostitution. In examining this dimension of colonial governance, Tambe evaluates the uses and limits of Foucault's approach to law and sexuality. Author Bio: ASHWINI TAMBE is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and History at the University of Toronto. Her reserch focuses on colonial South Asia, gender and sexuality studies, social theory and global political economy. She has co-edited a volume titled The Limits of Colonial Control in South Asia on subaltern mobility in the Indian Ocean region (Routledge 2008), and her essays have appeared in journals such as Feminist Studies, Gender and Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Gender, Place and Culture, and Social Scientist.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 12 April, 2010.
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