• Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State

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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction  1
    1. The Migration of "Free" Labor: Contracting Freedom  22
    2. Disciplinary Power and the Colonial State: The Bureaucracy of Migration Control  56
    3. Gendered Nationalism, the Racialized State, and the Making of Migration Law: The Indian "Marriage Question" in South Africa  85
    4. Race, Nationality, Mobility: A History of the Passport  112
    Epilogue. In History: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State  141
    Notes  151
    Bibliography  199
    Index  221
  • "Indian Migration and Empire presents a detailed analysis of the history of colonial Indian migration of indentured labor to Mauritius, the Caribbean, Canada, and South Africa. . . . This illuminating research makes an important contribution to the fields of colonialism, migration, and political studies. . . . Recommended. Advanced undergraduates and above."

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  • "Indian Migration and Empire presents a detailed analysis of the history of colonial Indian migration of indentured labor to Mauritius, the Caribbean, Canada, and South Africa. . . . This illuminating research makes an important contribution to the fields of colonialism, migration, and political studies. . . . Recommended. Advanced undergraduates and above."

  • “Scholars have long claimed that modernity's signature—the nation-state—is the consequence of imperial power. In this sweeping history of the territoriality of the western state system, Radhika Mongia offers new analytical paradigms for understanding the relationship between national sovereignty and colonial labor. A corrective to facile transnational arguments and a rigorous case for the management of migration as the genealogical heart of modern western state formation, Indian Migration and Empire roots modern European state practices in mobile bodies and the regulatory regimes they provoked.” — Antoinette Burton, Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Indian Migration and Empire is a highly original, compelling, and superbly crafted work that thoroughly reveals the racialized foundations of the modern state. Given the contemporary debates about the relationship between migration, the state, and race—whether in relation to Europe’s refugee crisis or the exclusionary immigration politics of Donald Trump's America—this book could not be more relevant or timely.” — Srirupa Roy, Professor of State and Democracy, University of Göttingen

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    How did states come to monopolize control over migration? What do the processes that produced this monopoly tell us about the modern state? In Indian Migration and Empire Radhika Mongia provocatively argues that the formation of colonial migration regulations was dependent upon, accompanied by, and generative of profound changes in normative conceptions of the modern state. Focused on state regulation of colonial Indian migration between 1834 and 1917, Mongia illuminates the genesis of central techniques of migration control. She shows how important elements of current migration regimes, including the notion of state sovereignty as embodying the authority to control migration, the distinction between free and forced migration, the emergence of passports, the formation of migration bureaucracies, and the incorporation of kinship relations into migration logics, are the product of complex debates that attended colonial migrations. By charting how state control of migration was critical to the transformation of a world dominated by empire-states into a world dominated by nation-states, Mongia challenges positions that posit a stark distinction between the colonial state and the modern state to trace aspects of their entanglements.

    About The Author(s)

    Radhika Mongia is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University.
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