Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787353244 Published March 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787353251 Published March 2020 For sale in North America only

The Wild East

Criminal Political Economies in South Asia

Edited by Barbara Harriss-White and Lucia Michelutti

The Wild East

Edited by Barbara Harriss-White and Lucia Michelutti

Distributed for UCL Press

380 pages | 1 halftone | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787353244 Published March 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787353251 Published March 2020 For sale in North America only

Through eleven case studies conducted across India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, The Wild East examines a variety of economic sectors and business enterprises that regularly flout the law, such as coal, oil, real estate, and industrial labor. Bridging anthropology and political economy, the case studies explore how state regulative law is ignored or selectively manipulated and reveal the workings of regulated criminal economic systems in which politicians, police, judges, and bureaucrats are closely intertwined. Disrupting the existing literature on South Asia’s informal economy, The Wild East also suggests avenues for future research that will be of critical value to students and scholars of economics, anthropology, sociology, criminology, comparative politics, political science, and international relations.

 

Contents
Introduction Barbara Harriss-White and Lucia Michelutti 1. The criminal economics and politics of black coal in Jharkhand, 2014 Nigel Singh and Barbara Harriss-White 2. Jharia’s century-old fire kept ablaze by crime and politics Smita Gupta 3. Sand and the Politics of Plunder in Tamil Nadu, India J. Jeyaranjan 4. Himalayan Hydro-criminality: Dams, Development and Politics in Arunachal Pradesh, India Deepak K Mishra 5. Crime in the Air: Spectrum Markets and the Telecommunications Sector in India Jai Bhatia 6. The inter-State criminal life of sand and oil in North India, western Uttar Pradesh Lucia Michelutti 7. Red sanders mafia’ in South India Violence, electoral democracy and labour David Picherit 8. ‘The Land and Real Estate Mafia’, East India, West Bengal Tone K. Sissener 9. Politics, Capital, and Land Grabs in Punjab, India Nicolas Martin 10. The Politics of Contracting inProvincial Bangladesh Arild Engelsen Ruud 11. Putting Out the Baldia Factory Fire: How the Trial of Karachi’s Industrial Capitalism Did Not Happen Laurent Gayer
Review Quotes
Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
“This grimly fascinating book showcases cutting-edge research on the close links between criminality and capitalism in contemporary South Asia. These searing accounts of “the normalization of criminal accumulation” need to be read and understood as much by citizens as by those claiming to represent them.”
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