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Title: The Andaman Islands Penal Colony: race, class, criminality and the British Empire
Authors: Anderson, Clare
First Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: International Review of Social History, 2018, 63 (26), In Press
Abstract: This article explores the British Empire’s configuration of imprisonment and penal transportation in the Andaman Islands penal colony. It shows that British governance in the Islands produced new modes of carcerality and coerced migration in which the relocation of convicts, prisoners and criminal tribes underpinned imperial attempts at political dominance and economic development. The article focuses on the penal transportation of Eurasian convicts, the employment of free Eurasians and Anglo-Indians as convict overseers and administrators, the migration of “volunteer” Indian prisoners from the mainland, the free settlement of Anglo-Indians, and the forced resettlement of the so-called Bhantu “criminal tribe”. By taking a perspective from a periphery of British India it shows that class, race and criminality combined to produce penal and social outcomes that were different to those of the imperial mainland. These were related to ideologies of imperial governmentality, including social discipline and penal practice, and the exigencies of political economy.
ISSN: 0020-8590
eISSN: 1469-512X
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, Cambridge University Press (CUP). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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