Dr Perveez Mody

Photograph of Dr Perveez ModyLecturer; Fellow, King’s College

email: pm10012 [at] cam.ac.uk

Research interests: South Asia; marriage, kinship, urban sexuality; theories of caste and community; human rights.

I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Delhi, and specifically in a District court, where I looked at the legal and informal processes whereby couples legitimate their love through marriage. I am interested in anthropological theories about the constitution of castes and “communities” in India, the history of civil marriage law from the colonial into the post-colonial period, the politics of religious nationalism, changes in South Asian kinship, marriage and urban sexuality (sexual relations, conjugality, gender and the family), law and human rights and the ways in which the modern state transforms and bears witness to intimate relations such as those expressed in a love-marriage. My current work concerns an ethnography of South Asian marriage and kinship amongst two ethno-religious groups in East London.

I am on the Managing Committee of the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group; and have two ongoing projects on marriage (rites and rights) and on conceptualising care.

Book cover for Dr Perveez Mody's 'The Intimate State'
‘The Intimate State: Love-Marriage and the Law in Delhi’, by Dr Perveez Mody
‘The Intimate State’ provides an ethnography of love-marriages in the late 1990s in Delhi, identifying the ways in which marriage is ever more a pitch of intense political contestation. It bears upon anthropological understandings of marriageability, urban morality, gender, kinship and the study of the individual and the couple in contemporary India. The Intimate State: […]
October 13th, 2010
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Wedding on the Beach
Intimate Aspirations
THE INTIMACY NETWORK The Intimacy Network based at Social Anthropology in Cambridge, consists of a group of social anthropologists across the UK and Europe whose current work concerns intimate relations in a variety of settings and who are collaborating together through the network.  What unites us all is that we are committed to the ethnographic […]
March 15th, 2012