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Staging criminality and colonial authority: the execution of thug criminals in British India

ní Fhlathúin, Máire

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Máire ní Fhlathúin maire.nifhlathuin@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This essay examines the spectacular and stage-managed mass executions carried out during the East India Company administration’s campaign against thug criminals during the 1830s. Drawing on Foucault’s concept of the execution as an occasion for the demonstration of the authority of the state, it analyses contemporary accounts of the staging and reception of colonial executions, considering them as performances that fall on the boundary between social drama and stage drama, and arguing that such events can be seen as rituals of social negotiation rather than performances of state authority of the kind suggested by Foucault.

Citation

ní Fhlathúin, M. (2010). Staging criminality and colonial authority: the execution of thug criminals in British India. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 37(1), doi:10.7227/NCTF.37.1.5

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Deposit Date May 10, 2013
Publicly Available Date May 10, 2013
Journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Print ISSN 1748-3727
Electronic ISSN 1748-3727
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.7227/NCTF.37.1.5
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1985
Publisher URL http://manchester.metapress.com/content/m12r04787phv4341/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0

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