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Capitalism, violence and the state: crime, corruption and entrepreneurship in an Indian company town

Sanchez, Andrew (2010) Capitalism, violence and the state: crime, corruption and entrepreneurship in an Indian company town. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 2 (1). pp. 165-188. ISSN 1758-9576

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Abstract

In the Tata company town of Jamshedpur, incisive popular discourses of corruption posit a mutually beneficial relationship between ‘legitimate’ institutions and organised criminality; a dynamic believed to enable pervasive transformations in the city’s industrial and financial infrastructures. This article situates this local discourse within the wider body of anthropological work on South Asian corruption, noting a discursive departure from the hegemonic, personalised and essentially provincialising corruption models encountered by many researchers. The article interrogates the popular model of crime and corruption in Jamshedpur through a focus upon the business practices of local violent entrepreneurs, exploring the extent to which their negotiations with corrupt institutions and ‘legitimate’ capital may indeed inform their successes. Drawing analytic cues from material on organised crime in the former USSR, this article identifies a mutually beneficial relationship between political influence, violence and industrial capital in an Indian company town.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.anthropologies-in-translation.org/index...
Additional Information: © 2010 Journal of Legal Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Identification Number: 10.4059/jla.2010.2611
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 08:53
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 17:07
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27995

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