Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India provides adetailed overview of the phenomenon of the criminaltribe in India from the early days of colonial rule to thepresent. * Traces and analyzes historical debates in historiography,anthropology and criminology * Argues that crime in the colonial context is used as much tocontrol subject populations as to define morally repugnantbehavior * Explores how crime evolved as the foil of political legitimacyunder military * Examines the popular movement that has arisen to reverse thediscrimination against the millions of people laboring under thestigma of criminal inheritance, producing a radical culture thatcontests stereotypes to reclaim their humanity
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).
Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Placing Criminals, Displacing Thuggee: HistoricalRepresentation, "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 theThuggee Precedent. 4. Acting Like a Thief: From Aesthetics of Survival to thePolitics of Liberation. Notes. Bibliography. Index.