Penal Power and Colonial Rule

Penal Power and Colonial Rule
Penal Power and Colonial Rule
Brown, M
Routledge Cavendish

This book provides an account of the distinctive way in which criminology developed outside the metropolitan centre. Proposing a radical revision of the Foucauldian thesis that criminological knowledge emerged in the service of a new form of power – discipline – that had inserted itself into the very centre of punishment, it argues that Foucault’s alignment of sovereign, disciplinary and governmental power will need to be re-read and re-balanced to account for its operation in the colonial sphere.

In order to give an account of the emergence of colonial criminology as a form of knowledge distinct from its metropolitan counterpart, this book analyses the British colonial experience in India from the 1820s to the early 1920s. This analysis documents a colonial criminology that was tied in crucial ways to the demands of colonial governance, where power was almost exclusively sovereign and governmental (bio-political), with disciplinary strategies given only limited and equivocal attention.

Drawing on postcolonial theory, Penal Power and Colonial Rule opens up a new and unduly neglected area of research. An insightful and original exploration of theory and history, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Law, Criminology, History and Postcolonial Studies.

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