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Subjects, Citizens and Law

Colonial and independent India

Edited by Gunnel Cederlöf, Sanjukta Das Gupta

© 2017 – Routledge India

218 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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 field sites. The essays in the book explore themes such as land law and rights, court procedure, freedom of speech, sex workers’ mobilisation, refugee status, adivasi people and non-state actors, and bring together studies from across north India, spanning from early colonial to contemporary times.

Representing scholarship in history, anthropology and political science that draws on wide-ranging field and archival research, the volume will immensely benefit scholars, students and researchers of development, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law and public policy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of contributors

List of abbreviations

Becoming and being a subject: an introduction

GUNNEL CEDERLÖF

1 The making of subjects on British India’s North-Eastern Frontier

GUNNEL CEDERLÖF

2 The temperament of empire: law and conquest in late 19th-century India

JON WILSON

3 Contagious contestations: sex work, medicine and law in colonial and postcolonial Sonagachhi

SIMANTI DASGUPTA

4 Laws and colonial subjects: the subject–citizen riddle and the making of section 295 (A)

NISHANT KUMAR

5 A homeland for ‘tribal’ subjects: revisiting British colonial experimentations in the Kolhan Government Estate

SANJUKTA DAS GUPTA

6 Conflict and governance: participation and strategic veto in Bihar and Jharkhand, India

AMIT PRAKASH

7 Refugees in India: a study into (un)equal status, treatment and prospects

ANNE-SOPHIE BENTZ

8 Law, agro-ecology and colonialism in mid-Gangetic India, 1770s–1910s

NITIN SINHA

Subjects, citizens and law: a postscript

TANIKA SARKAR

Glossary

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:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
POL003000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POL045000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies