Law and Imperialism: Criminality and Constitution in by Preeti Nijhar

By Preeti Nijhar

Legislation that have been imposed via colonizers have been as a lot an try and verify their very own id as to manage the extra risky components of a possibly unruly population. This identify makes use of fabric from either British Parliamentary Papers and colonial archive fabric to supply proof of felony switch and reaction.

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They were an unregenerate mass. Mayhew (again using Oriental imagery, imbued with moral and biological concepts) saw it as a cancerous growth on the upright, and distinct from, the urban working class: born to the street … felt to share a particular cult predisposition, imbibing the habits and the morals of the gutters. 17 Within the master colonial language, the urban poor became known as the savages of the metropolis. Like denizens of empire, they were objects of fear and consequently targets of social and administrative experimentation.

It is these tensions, as ambivalent as they are fractured, inherent in the identity of both the Western and the non-Western, that we shall trace out in colonial India and their equivalent form in Victorian England, which ultimately represent the limits of law, modernity and imperialism. The Second Wave of Postcolonial Theory: Homi Bhabha and the Subaltern School The later critique of postcolonial draws upon the work of Bhabha16 and of the Subaltern Studies group. In those conflated studies, the Western state created an imperial domain, both ‘within’ and ‘outside’ institutions, which allowed it to reinforce its own identity and self-confidence.

Divisions are no longer credible. It is these tensions, as ambivalent as they are fractured, inherent in the identity of both the Western and the non-Western, that we shall trace out in colonial India and their equivalent form in Victorian England, which ultimately represent the limits of law, modernity and imperialism. The Second Wave of Postcolonial Theory: Homi Bhabha and the Subaltern School The later critique of postcolonial draws upon the work of Bhabha16 and of the Subaltern Studies group.

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