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 criminologyArgues that crime in the colonial context is used as much to control subject populations as to define morally repugnant behaviorExplores how crime evolved as the foil of political legitimacy under militaryExamines 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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