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Nation and FamilyPersonal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India$
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Narendra Subramanian

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804788786

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804788786.001.0001

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Nationalism, Recognition, and Family Formation

Nationalism, Recognition, and Family Formation

(p.18) Chapter 2 Nationalism, Recognition, and Family Formation
Nation and Family

Narendra Subramanian

Stanford University Press

Centralizing states appropriated the authority of kin groups and ethnic and religious institutions over family life to varying degrees. The ways they regulated family and intimacy did not depend on whether they claimed commitments to secularism or whether family laws were framed in culturally specific discourses. Salient discourses about nations and their constituent cultural groups and traditions interacted with social structure, the nature of state-society engagements under predecessor regimes, the coalitions regimes aim to build, and regime projects to change state-society relations. These interactions influenced approaches to form citizens, recognize cultures, and make families. The chapter demonstrates that this new version of the state-in-society approach to social analysis explains the extent to which regimes changed the personal laws they inherited, the effects of these changes on women's rights, the autonomy of individuals, the nuclear family, sources of family law, and the extent of legal pluralism.

Keywords:   states and kin groups and families, nationalist discourses and personal law, regimes and coalitions and family law, state-in-society analysis, discourses of community and legal change and secularism and multiculturalism and family law, religious norms and social structure and family law, postcolonial nationalism and modernities, nationalism and minority formation, majoritarian multiculturalism in India, modernity and authenticity and family regulation in India

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