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Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India: Acting Like a Thief

Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India: Acting Like a Thief

Henry Schwarz

ISBN: 978-1-444-31733-6

Feb 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

176 pages

Description

Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India provides a detailed overview of the phenomenon of the “criminal tribe” in India from the early days of colonial rule to the present.
  • Traces and analyzes historical debates in historiography, anthropology and criminology
  • Argues that crime in the colonial context is used as much to control subject populations as to define morally repugnant behavior
  • Explores how crime evolved as the foil of political legitimacy under military
  • Examines the popular movement that has arisen to reverse the discrimination against the millions of people laboring under the stigma of criminal inheritance, producing a radical culture that contests stereotypes to reclaim their humanity
Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Placing Criminals, Displacing Thuggee: Historical Representation, "Fact," and Stereotype, c. 1830–2005.

2. How to Make a Thug: Recipes for Producing Crime, 1830–1910.

3. Discipline, Labor, Salvation: Repression, Reform, and the Thuggee Precedent.

4. Acting Like a Thief: From Aesthetics of Survival to the Politics of Liberation.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

  • A detailed overview of the phenomenon of the “criminal tribe” in India from the early days of colonial rule to the present, tracing and analyzing historical debates in historiography, anthropology and criminology
  • Argues that crime in the colonial context is used as much to control subject populations as to define morally repugnant behavior
  • Explores how crime evolved as the foil of political legitimacy under military
  • Examines the popular movement that has arisen to reverse the discrimination against the millions of people laboring under the stigma of criminal inheritance, producing a radical culture that contests stereotypes to reclaim their humanity