In Pursuit of Proof: A History of the Identification Documents in India

ISBN : 9780199463510

Tarangini Sriraman; Tarangini Sriraman
296 Pages
148 x 224 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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In Pursuit of Proof brings forth a hitherto unattempted history of making, claiming, and verifying identification documents in the urban margins of India and Delhi in particular. The book summons to life past and contemporary processes of bureaucratic recognition and administrative verification of subjects by locating them in the everyday material worlds of especially the poor. It is an intricate and layered exposition of a state whose welfare capacities of governing are drawn from popular practices of knowledge around documenting and proving identities.


List of Figures Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. A Wartime ID: The Early Ration Card 2. Emotions in the Time of 'License Raj' 3. Refugees and Their Displaced Documents of Identity 4. Making Proof in a Slum 5. The Document in the Digital Conclusion Glossary Bibliography Index About the Author

About the author: 

Tarangini Sriraman teaches Politics and History at the School of Liberal Studies in Azim Premji University. She has previously been a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi and Visiting Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. She has received the Charles Wallace Research Grant, London, and the South Asian Studies Fellowship at Cornell University. Her work has been published in journals like EPW, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Indian Economic and Social History Review and South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ). She lives with her husband who is a journalist in Bangalore.

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