Mobility, control and criminality in early colonial India, 1760s–1850s

  title={Mobility, control and criminality in early colonial India, 1760s–1850s},
  author={Nitin Sinha},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={1 - 33}
  • N. Sinha
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • History
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
The article looks into the ways certain mobile groups like the banjaras, gosains, fakirs and sanyasis were ‘criminalised’ by the colonial state between the periods of the 1760s and 1850s. Historiographically, the article argues for looking at the early colonial period more closely than has hitherto been done to understand the changing material and circulatory regimes in which these peripatetic groups operated. Unlike the current historiographical convention, which would explain crime as the… 

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