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 11: The socio-material cultures of global crime: artefacts and infrastructures in the context of drug smuggling

Craig Martin

Abstract

This chapter deals explicitly with the socio-material cultures associated with global crime. It does so to address the lack of previous research into the materialities of networked criminal activity on the global scale, where the predominant focus has been on the actions of criminal actors such as individuals and organizations. The chapter asserts that the artefacts and material infrastructures of global crime form a critical role in the perpetration of illicit activities. In doing so the chapter builds on multidisciplinary work on the nonhuman turn in the cultural and social sciences. Its specific focus is on the actions of drug smuggling networks where artefacts such as freight shipments and distributive infrastructures of containerization play a fundamental part in smuggling activities. To examine these notions in greater empirical depth its central locus is an example of 1.4 tonnes of compressed cocaine disguised as wooden shipping pallets.

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