Posted on: 15 August 2016

New Book:
Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India: Acting Like a Thief
By Henry Schwarz
Published by John Wiley & Sons - 2010

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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