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Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India

Schwarz, Henry:
Constructing the criminal tribe in Colonial India : acting like a thief / Henry Schwarz. - Chichester [u.a.] : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. - VIII, 163 S.
ISBN 978-1-405-12057-9 / 1-405-12057-6 (hbk.)
£ 60,00 / EUR 72,00
DDC 364.1095409041

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. vi
Introduction. 1
1. Placing Criminals, Displacing Thuggee: Historical Representation, "Fact," and Stereotype, c. 1830–2005. 13
2. How to Make a Thug: Recipes for Producing Crime, 1830–1910. 47
3. Discipline, Labor, Salvation: Repression, Reform, and the Thuggee Precedent. 81
4. Acting Like a Thief: From Aesthetics of Survival to the Politics of Liberation. 112
Notes. 139
Bibliography. 150
Index. 161

HENRY SCHWARZ is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. He is author of Writing Cultural History in Colonial and Postcolonial India (1997) and co-editor of Reading the Shape of the World: Toward an International Cultural Studies (with Richard Dienst, 1996) and of A Companion to Postcolonial Studies (with Sangeeta Ray, Blackwell, 2000). Profile page.

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