Begging in Mumbai: a critique of the etiology of begging in the city using criminological theory and an exploration of notions of power

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:30 to 13:15

Lunch talk by Sheba Saeed, PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, guest researcher at NIAS during February
This talk explores the causes of the begging phenomenon ranging from religion, socio-economic, and crime. It questions why the begging phenomenon is criminalised and in turn questions politico-legal structures which form such laws closing with an analysis of power notions. In doing so, the thesis highlights the complexity of the begging phenomenon and investigates inequalities emerging within Indian society resulting in conflict as a criminological phenomenon, by establishing the causes for begging through an analysis of a combination of the Chicago school and Merton’s strain theories. A wider critique of begging and power notions of the Foucauldian and Marxist schools of thought are also used leading to a final engagement of an analysis in a humanist perspective of the begging phenomenon in Mumbai.
Venue: NIAS, Leifsgade 33, 3rd floor

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