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Subjects, Citizens and Law

Colonial and independent India, 1st Edition

Edited by Gunnel Cederlöf, Sanjukta Das Gupta

Routledge India

228 pages

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This volume investigates how, where and when subjects and citizens come into being, assert themselves and exercise subjecthood or citizenship in the formation of modern India. It argues for the importance of understanding legal practice � how rights are performed in dispute and negotiation � from the parliament and courts to street corners and fiel

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of contributors List of abbreviations Becoming and being a subject: an introduction GUNNEL CEDERL 1 The making of subjects on British India‘s North-Eastern Frontier GUNNEL CEDERL 2 The temperament of empire: law and conquest in late 19th-century India JON WILSON3 Contagious contestations: sex work, medicine and law in colonial and postcolonial Sonagachhi SIMANTI DASGUPTA4 Laws and colonial subjects: the subject citizen riddle and the making of section 295 (A) NISHANT KUMAR5 A homeland for tribal subjects: revisiting British colonial experimentations in the Kolhan Government EstateSANJUKTA DAS GUPTA6 Conflict and governance: participation and strategic veto in Bihar and Jharkhand, IndiaAMIT PRAKASH7 Refugees in India: a study into (un)equal status, treatment and prospects ANNE-SOPHIE BENTZ8 Law, agro-ecology and colonialism in mid-Gangetic India, 1770s 1910s NITIN SINHASubjects, citizens and law: a postscript TANIKA SARKARGlossary Bibliography Index

About the Editors

Gunnel Cederlöf is Professor of History at the Linnaeus University, Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Sweden. Her work focuses on social, environmental and legal history in Indian modern and British Imperial history. Among her publications are Founding an Empire on India’s North-Eastern Frontiers, 1790–1840: Climate, Commerce, Polity (2014); Landscapes and the Law: Environmental Politics, Regional Histories, and Contests over Nature (2008); Ecological Nationalisms: Nature, Livelihoods and Identities in South Asia (with K. Sivaramakrishnan, 2006); and Bonds Lost: Subordination, Conflict and Mobilisation in Rural South India, c. 1900–1970 (1997).

Sanjukta Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Indian History at the Department of Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Earlier she taught at the University of Calcutta, India. She is the author of Adivasis and the Raj: Socio-economic Transition of the Hos, 1820–1932 (2011) and has co-edited Narratives of the Excluded: Caste Issues in Colonial India (2008) and Narratives from the Margins: Aspects of Adivasi History in India (2012).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies