"A Garland of Bones" by Jonah Steinberg

A Garland of Bones Child Runaways in India Jonah Steinberg

Series:
Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
20 Nov 2018
ISBN:
9780300222807
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
36 b-w illus.

This intimate portrait examines the tracks, journeys, and experiences of child runaways in northern India. Jonah Steinberg situates children’s decisions to leave home and flee for the city in their larger cultural, social, and historical contexts, and considers histories of landlessness and debt servitude in narratives of child dislocation. The resulting work is an original perspective on the sociological trends in postcolonial India and a unique treatment of a population of individuals who live on the margin of society.

Jonah Steinberg is associate professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Vermont and author of Isma’ili Modern: Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community. He lives in Burlington, VT.