‘Delinquent subjects’

  title={‘Delinquent subjects’},
  author={Bhangya Bhukya},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={179 - 212}
  • Bhangya Bhukya
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • History, Law
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
This article examines how dacoities in colonial India began largely during famines, and how they were perpetuated by the state's cruel practices of detention and surveillance. When dacoity was seen to be a threat to civil society and the state, the authorities deployed a variety of methods to put down, control, punish and reform the dacoits, many of who were considered to belong to ‘criminal tribes/communities’. The creation of a body of anthropological knowledge about the ‘criminal… 
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