PASTORAL POWER IN THE POSTCOLONY: On the Biopolitics of the Criminal Animal in South India

  title={PASTORAL POWER IN THE POSTCOLONY: On the Biopolitics of the Criminal Animal in South India},
  author={Anand Pandian},
  journal={Cultural Anthropology},
  • A. Pandian
  • Published 1 February 2008
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology
In this article, I argue that a close examination of the government of animals by humans is essential for an anthropology of modern biopolitics: for an understanding, that is, of the many ways in which humans themselves have been governed as animals in modern times. I aim also to work toward a way of theorizing such biopolitics in milieus beyond the modern West. Relying on cultural and historical materials from South India, I call attention to three domains of local biopolitical difference: the… 
Bioethical pastoral: Life, ethics, and the politics of human dignity
The last decade of work on vital politics has seen a sharp and unexpected return to the figure of universal humanity. Despite this return, the canon of work on vital politics remains marked by a
Humanity Lost: Alterity and the Politics of a Melancholic Anthropology
SUMMARY Anthropology's approach to the study of difference has been marked by dramatic shifts defined in political terms. Nonetheless, the accompanying historical trajectory of the discipline's
Sympathy, State Building, and the Experience of Empire
What is the role of sympathy in imperial state building? In this essay, inspired by the empiricist philosopher David Hume and the anthropologist Nancy Munn, I develop a materialist concept of
I Promise to Protect Dumb Creatures
This paper argues that the Christian discourse disseminated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( rspca) in the early Victorian period represents nonhuman animals as
'Mother Bring the Henna': Kına Gecesi and Fragmented Imaginations of the Nation-state
ions of modernity, capitalism, and secularism emanated from Europe and spread across the world over time (2001, 7). In this context, binaries oppositions between tradition and modernity emerge as
Migrations in Humanistic Therapy: Turning Drug Users into Patients and Patients into Healthy Citizens in Southwest China
This article explores the translation and migration of illegal drugs, humanistic therapies and political ideologies by focusing on China’s first residential community drug treatment center, called
Pentecostal dreaming and technologies of governmentality in a Melanesian society
Among the Lelet of central New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), a dramatic increase in Pentecostalist fervor has produced significant changes in dreaming. Traditionally, the Lelet have valued dreaming as
Beyond Biopolitics: Animal Studies, Factory Farms, and the Advent of Deading Life
This article seeks to do two things: articulate the function of biopolitics as a necessary correlate to human exceptionalism, and argue for the factory farm as a supplementary inverse of biopolitical
Toward a Postcolonial, Posthumanist Feminist Theory: Centralizing Race and Culture in Feminist Work on Nonhuman Animals
Posthumanist feminist theory has been instrumental in demonstrating the salience of gender and sexism in structuring human–animal relationships and in revealing the connections between the oppression
Interior horizons: an ethical space of selfhood in South India
While interiority is typically associated with selfhood in the modern West, this article conveys the formation of an interior topography of selfhood in South India. A ‘genealogy’ of interiority, it


The Politics of Life Itself
This article explores contemporary biopolitics in the light of Michel Foucault's oft quoted suggestion that contemporary politics calls `life itself' into question. It suggests that recent
The Wretched of the Earth
Frantz Fanon's seminal work on the trauma of colonization, "The Wretched of the Earth" made him the leading anti-colonialist thinker of the twentieth century. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition
Securing the rural citizen
This article concerns the politics of security and caste difference in the late nineteenth century Madras Presidency. Relying on a vernacular principle of interpretation emerging from the colonial
The State and the Shepherds in Pre-Enlightenment Naples
  • J. Marino
  • Economics
    The Journal of Modern History
  • 1986
The Enlightenment invention of the science of political economy is generally dated from Adam Smith's 1776 publication of The Wealth of Nations. 1 The root assumptions of this new science are well
Crime in the Social Order of Colonial North India
The necessary vocabulary has not yet been created to encompass both the ‘informing spirit’ and ‘whole social order’ of British India. In part, at least, this is because research has generally
Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia
The essays in "Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia" challenge the idea that notions of modernity and colonialism are mere imports from the West, and show how colonial modernity has evolved
Dismembering and Expelling: Semantics of Political Terror in Colombia
In a series of very suggestive essays, Daniel Pecaut considers how representations of Colombian society as fragmented, heterogeneous, and precarious go hand in hand with the anguish produced by
Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment
Introduction: "Dead Alive, Dead Outside, Alive Inside" PART ONE. VITA A Zone of Social Abandonment Brazil Citizenship PART TWO. CATARINA AND THE ALPHABET The Life of the Mind A Society of Bodies
Panopticon in Poona: An Essay on Foucault and Colonialism
When British rule began in western India in 1818, administrator Mountstuart Elphinstone used questionnaires to inquire into local "custom" and decided to build a panopticon prison in Poona. In light
Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference
Acknowlegments ix Introduction: The Idea of Provincializing Europe 3 Part One: Historicism and the Narration of Modernity Chapter 1. Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History 27 Chapter 2. The Two