This book explores the underbelly of globalisation -- the illicit networks of money, drugs, people and arms that make up a multi-billion dollar illegal economy. This is the dangerous world of trafficking, identified by developed countries as the major threat to international order. In their eyes, it brings unwanted and undocumented people into the hidden crevices of affluent societies; guns and drugs are exchanged for access to the global market through the backdoor. As a result, trafficking is scrutinised, vilified, outlawed, even as free trade is celebrated. Gargi Bhattacharyya argues that trafficking is the unacknowledged underside of globalisation. The official economy relies on this illegal economy. Without it, globalisation cannot access cheap labour, it cannot reach vulnerable new markets, and it cannot finance expansion into the places most ravaged by human suffering. Traffick has become the secret basis of global expansion. The book examines the workings of the illegal economy, breaking it down into four main sections: organised crime, drugs, arms and people-trafficking.
Exploring how we got here, and what the future holds, the issues it raises should interest a broad range of students across the social sciences.
Gargi Bhattacharyya is lecturer in Cultural Politics and Religion at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Race and Power: Global Racisms in the Twenty -first Century with John Gabriel and Stephen Small (Routledge, 2001) Sex and Society (Routledge, 2002), and Tales of Dark-Skinned Women (UCL, 1998).
1. How did we get here? 2. Underbelly of the global 3. Winning the Cold War - The power of organised crime in the global economy 4. Drugs, territory and transnational networks 5. Nuclear holocaust or drive-by shooting? Arms in the new world economy 6. Circulating bodies in the global marketplace 7. Conclusion: Violent endings and new beginnings Bibliography Index