From Subjects to Citizens: Society and the Everyday State in India and Pakistan 1947 - 1964

Dr. Taylor C. Sherman

Dr. Taylor C. Sherman

Taylor Sherman’s research explores themes of state violence & punishment, citizenship & migration, development and dissent in mid-twentieth-century India. Examining the transition from the colonial to the postcolonial, her work connects new imperial history with the study of the everyday state in South Asia.

Her first book, State Violence and Punishment in India (London: Routledge, 2009), is both a study of the many techniques of colonial coercion and a cultural history of the ways in which Indians imbued practices of punishment with their own meaning, and re-interpreted acts of state violence in their own political campaigns.

Her work for this project uses rich archival collections in Hyderabad to study the first decade of independence in South India. This research can be divided into four sections: refugees, migration and citizenship; hunger, communism and development; democracy and political change; and linguistic provinces and the re-imagination of South India.

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