Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 61–78

Hegemony, Discipline and Control in the Administration of Police in Colonial India


DOI: 10.1007/s11417-008-9057-0

Cite this article as:
Vinod Kumar, T.K. & Verma, A. Asian Criminology (2009) 4: 61. doi:10.1007/s11417-008-9057-0


The Indian subcontinent was under British colonial rule for over two centuries until 1947. To administer the large country and its diverse population, the British designed a criminal justice administrative system which played a key role in maintaining their dominance and hegemony. In particular, the police organization, largely composed of natives, furthered the goals of colonial dominance through its functions of order maintenance, crime control, and surveillance. This paper, using Gramsci’s conception of hegemony and Foucault’s study of disciplining and control, analyzes the important role that the police played in maintaining British rule in India.


HegemonyDisciplineColonial policing, India

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice, Sycamore HallIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA