Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics
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Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics

Edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour

This multidisciplinary Handbook examines the interactions that develop between organised crime groups and politics across the globe. This exciting original collection highlights the difficulties involved in researching such relationships and shines a new light on how they evolve to become pervasive and destructive. This new Handbook brings together a unique group of international academics from sociology, criminology, political science, anthropology, European and international studies.
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Chapter 24: India: systemic criminality, work and the politics of labour

Andrew Sanchez


Based upon ethnographic research conducted among industrial workers and trade unionists in urban India, this chapter interrogates the systemic relationship between political authority, organised crime and institutional corruption. Using an extended case study of the decline of effective collective action in an Indian company town, the authorargues that corruption and violence are integral to the political-economic processes of industrial societies. The author considers what the implications of this model are for our understanding of political corruption and suggests that analytic frameworks premised on the interrogation of petty bribery are inappropriate conceptual tools with which to explain the entropy of trade unionism.

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