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A Garland of BonesChild Runaways in India$
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Jonah Steinberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222807

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222807.001.0001

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Death and the Urchin

Death and the Urchin

(p.115) Four Death and the Urchin
A Garland of Bones

Jonah Steinberg

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the social life of child death on Delhi's streets. In particular, it attempts to make sense of the public circulation, iteration, and visibility of knowledge, narratives, and images of street children's deaths, or the invisibility, silence, and unknowability such passings may invoke. What is the valency of the death of a noncitizen barely visible to and barely recognized by the authors of space and the guarantors of rights, and yet highly visible to their violators? What is death, socially speaking, without traceable kin, name, place of origin, or legal existence? What does such a person's death reveal about the value they are assigned by society. It proposes that the death of solo children in Delhi, and their interaction with death, reveals much about the calculus of self and citizenship in postcolonial India, and that the reality of life in postcolonial India, in turn, is inscribed into street children's encounters with dying.

Keywords:   child runaways, northern India, New Delhi, street children, child death, social life

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