Challenging The Rules(s) of Law

Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

by Kalpana Kannabiran, Ranbir Singh

This rare comprehensive critique of criminology in India brings together widely respected activists, advocates, bureaucrats, scholars and practitioners who share their concerns about the Indian criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary lens and discuss the need to entrench human rights in Indian polity. It is a significant step towards mapping the ways in which interdisciplinary research and human rights activism might inform legal praxis more effectively and holistically.

Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India contests unproblematic assumptions of the rule of law and opens out avenues for a renewed and radical study of criminal law in the country. The collection looks at the problem of criminal law from the early colonial period to the present, examining the problem of overt violence by state actors and their compliance with dominant private actors. It calls into question the denial by the state of the wherewithal for bare life, which compounds people’s vulnerability to a repressive rule of law.

This work is a must read for students, researchers and faculty of Law, Criminal Law, Criminology, Legal History, Human Rights, Sociology of Law and Colonial History. It will also be invaluable for law historians, legal scholars and policy makers, especially the judiciary.

  • SAGE Publications; October 2008
  • ISBN: 9788132100270
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Challenging The Rules(s) of Law
  • Author: Kalpana Kannabiran (ed.); Ranbir Singh (ed.)
  • Imprint: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd

In The Press

The book is, both a challenging and an exciting preposition, challenging, because it brings together the intellectual initiatives of the nineteen contributors drawn from different social sciences disciplines, working on diverse crime themes, in pre-colonial, colonial and post colonial time-frame in one large volume; and exciting, because it endeavors to run the two thought streams, namely, human rights and criminology in almost all the essays…. In a sense all the essays can be seen as an excellent basic material for developing indigenous or subaltern criminology for India that needs to be different and more society focused than the prevalent mainstream criminology.