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Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India

Narendra Subramanian


The distinct personal laws that govern the principal religious groups are a major aspect of Indian multiculturalism and secularism, and support specific gendered rights in family life. Nation and Family is the most comprehensive study of the public discourses, processes of social mobilization, legislation, and case law that formed India's three major personal-law systems, which govern the Hindus, the Muslims, and the Christians. It is the first to systematically compare Indian experiences to those in various other countries that inherited personal laws specific to religious group, sect, or eth ... More

Keywords: Personal law/family law, nationalism and multiculturalism, secularism and public religion, law and politics, gender and law, women's rights, public policy, postcolonial state formation, postcolonial India, state-in-society analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804788786
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Narendra Subramanian, author