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Title States and illegal practices / edited by Josiah McC. Heyman
Published Oxford ; New York : Berg, 1999


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Description viii, 325 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents States and illegal practices - an overview / Josiah McC. Heyman and Alan Smart -- Brigandage, piracy, capitalism, and state-formation - transnational crime from a historical world-systems perspective / Thomas W. Gallant -- State and shadow state in Northern Peru circa 1900 - illegal political networks and the problem of state boundaries / David Nugent -- Predatory rule and illegal economic practices / Alan Smart -- Requiem for a drug lord - state and commodity in the career of Khun Sa / Alfred W. McCoy -- Is transparency possible? - the political-economic and epistemological implications of Cold War conspiracies and subterfuge in Italy / Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider -- Russian protection rackets and the appropriation of law and order / Caroline Humphrey -- Neoliberalism, environmentalism, and scientific knowledge - redefining use rights in the Gulf of California fisheries / Marcela Vasquez-Leon -- Adolescent violence, state processes, and the local context of moral panic / Mercer L. Sullivan and Barbara Miller -- State escalation of force - a Vietnam/US-Mexico border analogy / Josiah McC. Heyman
Summary Joining theories of states and state formation with theories of illegal practices, this pioneering book traces the unholy alliance of official practices with criminality. Criminal subcultures, mafias and gangs have been the subject of a great deal of attention, as have formal policy approaches of the state. However, the interaction of state police apparatuses with illegal practices has been neglected, despite the recent Foucauldian emphasis on discourses of power, order and disorder.Written by leading experts in the fields of anthropology and history, this book asks why illegal practices -- including corruption and protection rackets -- do not disappear, but continue to thrive. It examines the development of transnational illegal networks, such as the narcotics trade and the new trade in environmentally restricted commodities, as well as how culture, ethnicity and economic considerations drive illegal practices and influence state policy. Wide-ranging in scope, this interdisciplinary book will appeal to anyone studying the sociology of crime and of the state, political science, criminal justice and the law, the anthropology of law and of the state and the history of crime
Notes Based on a conference on States and illegal practices held at Tarrytown, New York, on 5-8 June 1997
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Abuse of administrative power.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Government liability.
State, The -- History.
State, The -- 20th century.
Author Heyman, Josiah McC. (Josiah McConnell), 1958- editor
ISBN 1859732577
1859732623 (paperback)