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Defining Girlhood in IndiaA Transnational History of Sexual Maturity Laws$
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Ashwini Tambe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042720

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042720.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Defining Girlhood in India
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Ashwini Tambe

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042720.003.0001

This introduction opens with a discussion of why age is a worthwhile category of analysis, why sexual age standards are complex matters, and why sexual maturity laws for girls are politically freighted. It then introduces the central question of sexual maturity laws in India, explaining the importance of India as a context, along with a review of how childhood and girlhood have been studied in South Asian history. The introduction also explains the transnational feminist approach adopted and engages current scholarship in girlhood studies to situate the contributions of the book.

Keywords:   age, sexual maturity, India, transnational, childhood, South Asian history, intergovernmental, feminism, laws

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