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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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Concluding Thoughts, Final Words, and Big Pictures

Concluding Thoughts, Final Words, and Big Pictures

Indian Runaways in Larger Frames

(p.247) Seven Concluding Thoughts, Final Words, and Big Pictures
A Garland of Bones

Jonah Steinberg

Yale University Press

This concluding chapter raises three foundational questions to explore what is at stake, intellectually and fundamentally, in the patterns that can be discerned in children's departures across India. The first deals reflexively with the book's project itself, asking: what are the ethnographic ethics of researching, depicting, and describing runaways' suffering for academic or artistic ends, and what are the entailments of speaking for someone else, particularly a vulnerable, nearly powerless subject? The second question asks whether running away might represent a form of resistance, and if so how, and to what power. The third question situates running away in the context of world history, world history theory, and architectures of global capital and labor. These questions help frame, define, synthesize, and sediment the book's wider relevance at its end, at the point where the reader can properly take stock of the story from a rich range of angles.

Keywords:   child runaways, northern India, child departure, ethnographic ethics, running away

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