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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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Remand to Rehabilitation

Remand to Rehabilitation

Urban Institutions and Rural Children

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(p.192) Six Remand to Rehabilitation
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A Garland of Bones
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Jonah Steinberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300222807.003.0006

This chapter focuses on institutional space, a domain with which nearly all runaways come into contact at some point. It examines the thin boundary between the charitable and the carceral embodied in the institutions that both aid and confine runaway children. It unpacks this thin boundary both synchronically, by instantiating contemporary nongovernmental organizations' constructions of “reform” and “rehabilitation” and considering their complicity with campaigns of urban cleansing and with structures of policing and confinement; and historically, by excavating with archival research continuities between extant and antecedent charities for “vagabond children” and the colonial reformatory itself, particularly as it was applied to the children of societies that were constructed as criminal-by-birth.

Keywords:   child runaways, institutional space, charitable institutions, non-government organizations, northern India, vagabond children

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