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Author Mathew, Johan, author

Title Margins of the market : trafficking and capitalism across the Arabian Sea / Johan Mathew
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 248 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The California World History Library ; 24
California world history library ; 24
Contents Commoditizing transport -- Trafficking labor -- Disarming commerce -- Neutralizing money -- Valorizing markets
Summary "What is the relationship between trafficking and free trade? Is trafficking the perfection or a perversion of free trade? Trafficking occurs thousands of times each day at borders throughout the world, yet we've come to perceive it as something quite extraordinary. How did this happen, and what role does trafficking play in capitalism? To answer these questions, Johan Mathew traces the hidden networks that operated across the Arabian Sea in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Following the entangled history of trafficking and capitalism, he explores how the Arabian Sea reveals the gaps that haunt political borders and undermine economic models. Ultimately, he shows how capitalism around the Arabian Sea was forged at the margins of the free market, where governments intervened and traffickers turned a profit."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Capitalism -- Arabian Sea -- History -- 19th century.
Capitalism -- Arabian Sea -- History -- 20th century.
Free trade -- Arabian Sea -- History -- 19th century.
Free trade -- Arabian Sea -- History -- 20th century.
Human smuggling -- Arabian Sea.
Slave trade -- Arabian Sea -- History.
Smuggling -- Arabian Sea.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015047336
ISBN 0520963423 (electronic book)
9780520963429 (electronic book)