Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X9900339X
Title: State and criminal tribes in Colonial Punjab: Surveillance, control and reclamation of the 'dangerous classes'
Authors: Major, A.J. 
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Citation: Major, A.J. (1999-07). State and criminal tribes in Colonial Punjab: Surveillance, control and reclamation of the 'dangerous classes'. Modern Asian Studies 33 (3) : 657-688. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X9900339X
Abstract: It is not always remembered that under British rule some 150,000 Punjabis were notified under the Criminal Tribes Act as belonging to tribes and castes whose hereditary occupation was deemed to be crime. More than any other class these criminal tribes felt the harsh impact of the colonial state, which sought to control, punish and reform them. This paper traces the evolution of a Punjab criminal tribes policy and argues that the British-assisted by the indigenous elite-achieved only partial success in assimilating these people into the wider community by 1947.
Source Title: Modern Asian Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/133435
ISSN: 0026749X
DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X9900339X
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