Sex, Law and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India, 1891-1937 is a microhistory of a law restraining child marriages passed in colonial India in 1929, and a critical account of the emergence of “age” as scientific and governmental object, crucial for upholding the rule of law, for governing intimate life, and for securing gender rights and social justice, in twentieth century India.
How ideas of deviant female sexuality became foundational to modern social thought in colonial India.
Gender and sexuality has had an important role in recent public debates in India.
The legacy of imperial Victorian sexual mores continue to haunt the lives of gay people in India and large parts of former British colonies.
Nineteenth-century British imperial imaginaries took great delight in expressing the terror of, and a morbid fascination with, hijra bodies.