Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India provides adetailed overview of the phenomenon of the "criminaltribe" in India from the early days of colonial rule to thepresent.
- Traces and analyzes historical debates in historiography, anthropology and criminology
- Argues that crime in the colonial context is used as much tocontrol subject populations as to define morally repugnantbehavior
- Explores how crime evolved as the foil of political legitimacyunder military
- Examines the popular movement that has arisen to reverse thediscrimination against the millions of people laboring under thestigma of criminal inheritance, producing a radical culture thatcontests stereotypes to reclaim their humanity