Disciplining and policing the 'criminals by birth', Part 1: The making of a colonial stereotype— The criminal tribes and castes of North India

  title={Disciplining and policing the 'criminals by birth', Part 1: The making of a colonial stereotype— The criminal tribes and castes of North India},
  author={Sanjay K. Nigam},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={131 - 164}
  • S. Nigam
  • Published 1 June 1990
  • History
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
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