Scholars without Borders Help Centre

You should be able to find the answers to most of your questions here- see the list of FAQs on the right. In case a query is outside of that list, of course there is always email ([email protected]) which we will answer within 24 hours, or the telephone (+91-9971763322) which we will answer during working hours (ours).

Store Information

The SwB Store is divided into a number of ministores, each listing different products such as for Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Documentaries, Journal Subscriptions, Educational Material Maps and so on. The Books Ministore is what we have started with, and from time to time we will add more.


Marginal Europeans

In Colonial India, 1860-1920


Even as Victorian England sought means and methods to 'manage' its poor through new laws, the colonial rulers found the European poor in India a threat to the myth of superiority and homogeneity they were busy building up for the British ruling class back home. This study focuses on a particular section of European settlers in India, referred to in contemporary official papers as the 'low Europeans' or 'mean whites', phrases which loosely meant a white underclass comprising the destitute, vagrants, convicts, lunatics, and prostitutes. The study confines itself primarily to this European underworld in two major presidencies of colonial India, Calcutta and Bombay. The genesis of delinquency and marginality among Europeans in India, manifestations of the problem, debates among the ruling class about the problem, remedial measures taken by the administration as well as private initiatives, are all closely analyzed.


First published in 2008, the volume contains facsimiles of rare documents and illustrations. 

Author: Sarmistha De
Year: 2008
Price: Rs. 450
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: x+306
Dimensions: 9 in x 6 in
Publisher: Thema Books
ISBN 13: 9788186017586

Author Information & Reviews History

Author Information & Reviews
Author Information & Reviews

SwB » Store » Book » Marginal Europeans