Global Outlaws Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World

ISBN-10: 0520250966

ISBN-13: 9780520250963

Edition: 2007

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Description: Carolyn Nordstrom explores the pathways of global crime in this stunning work of anthropology that has the power to change the way we think about the world. To write this book, she spent three years traveling to hot spots in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States investigating the dynamics of illegal trade around the world--from blood diamonds and arms to pharmaceuticals, exotica, and staples like food and oil.Global Outlawspeels away the layers of a vast economy that extends from a war orphan in Angola selling Marlboros on the street to powerful transnational networks reaching across continents and oceans. Nordstrom's extraordinary fieldwork includes interviews with scores of informants, including the smugglers, victims, power elite, and profiteers who populate these economic war zones. Her compelling investigation, showing that the sum total of extra-legal activities represents a significant part of the world's economy, provides a new framework for understanding twenty-first-century economics and economic power.Global Outlawspowerfully reveals the illusions and realities of security in all areas of transport and trade and illuminates many of the difficult ethical problems these extra-legal activities pose.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
National
The War Orphan
The Bombed-Out Shop
Coconuts and Cigarettes: Some Definitions
The Gov'nor's Red Tractors
Military Takeovers (Or, How to Own a Country)
The Untold Story of the Amputees
Robber Barons
International
The Border Post - a Billion-Dollar Truck Stop (Going International)
Romancing the Stone: Borders and Businesspeople
The Washing Machine: Laundering, Part One
Global
Diamonds and Fish: Going Global
Ports
Drugs
The Cultures of Criminals
The Cultures of Cops
The World-Port
The Investment Machine: Laundering, Part Two
Human Cargo
Home
Post-Terror: Creating (the Illusion of) Security
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
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