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Crime and EmpireThe Colony in Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Crime$
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Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261055.001.0001

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New Policing, India, and Thuggee

New Policing, India, and Thuggee

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Crime and Empire


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The years from 1829 to mid-century were decades of the domination of discipline and new policing both in Britain and India. This chapter considers two kinds of crime fiction of this period, one with British and the other with Indian criminals. It shows that the novel, despite its collaborative aspects with new policing, could also emerge as a sophisticated record of these oppositions. In novelistic fiction, one may trace the deep-sated fractures permeating the discourses of both criminalization and colonization.

Keywords:   British rule, new policing, India, Thuggee, crime fiction, role of the novel, criminalization, colonization

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