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

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

Author(s): Henry Schwarz

Published Online: 19 FEB 2010

Print ISBN: 9781405120579

Online ISBN: 9781444317336

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317336

About this Book

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

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