A Research Agenda for Global Crime
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A Research Agenda for Global Crime

Edited by Tim Hall and Vincenzo Scalia

This multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading international scholars explores many pressing issues related to global crime. The book opens with essays that look across this diverse terrain and then moves on to consider specific areas including organised crime, cyber-crime, war-crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. The book emphasises the centrality of crime to the contemporary global world and mobilises diverse disciplinary positions to help understand and address this.
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Chapter 2: Economic geographies of the (il)legal and the (il)licit

Ray Hudson

Abstract

There has been a neglect of the centrality of illegality in capitalist economies. This is a significant omission as illegality can be the route to greater profitability and can have a decisive influence on the sectoral and spatial constitution of those economies. What may be legal in some times and places may be illegal in others, leading to competitive pressures to transgress the boundaries of illegality there. Thus, illegality is not a marginal feature of capitalism but rather is integral to the performance of capitalist economies and their geographies. However, while endemic, illegality is more prevalent in some places than others and as such forms a constitutive moment in the processes of uneven and combined development of capitalism. While capitalist states construct regulatory frameworks that draw a distinction between the legal and illegal, for a variety of reasons they may choose to disregard the presence of illegality.

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