Dr Perveez Mody
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.