Empire of convicts: Indian penal labor in colonial Southeast Asia

Across the Kala Pani : the global and local contexts of penal transportation -- "Bundwars, Malays, Sebundy sepoys, and Neas men": The Bengkulu world of the Khan brothers, 1797-1825 -- "Kumpanee ke noukur" : rajas and robbers in Penang, 1790s-1870s -- "Near China beyond the s...

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Main Author: Yang, Anand A. (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Oakland, California University of California Press [2021]
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Summary:Across the Kala Pani : the global and local contexts of penal transportation -- "Bundwars, Malays, Sebundy sepoys, and Neas men": The Bengkulu world of the Khan brothers, 1797-1825 -- "Kumpanee ke noukur" : rajas and robbers in Penang, 1790s-1870s -- "Near China beyond the seas far far distant from Juggernath": convict workers and the making of colonial Singapore, 1825-1870s -- Epilogue. life after life : the afterlives of bandwars in the straits settlements.
"Empire of Convicts focuses on male and female Indians incarcerated in Southeast Asia for criminal and political offenses committed in colonial South Asia. From the seventeenth century onward, penal transportation was a key strategy of British imperial rule, exemplified by deportations first to the Americas and later to Australia. Case studies from the insular prisons of Bengkulu, Penang, and Singapore illuminate another carceral regime in the Indian Ocean World that brought South Asia and Southeast Asia together through a global system of forced migration and coerced labor. A major contribution to histories of crime and punishment, prisons, law, labor, transportation, migration, colonialism, and the Indian Ocean World, Empire of Convicts narrates the experiences of Indian bandwars (convicts) and shows how they exercised agency in difficult situations, fashioning their own worlds and even becoming "their own warders." Anand A. Yang brings long journeys across kala pani (black waters) to life in a deeply researched and engrossing account that moves fluidly between local and global contexts"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
Physical Description:pages cm
ISBN:0520294564
9780520294561