Call for Papers- Panel- American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting- Montreal, Canada- November 2011.
Illicit Traffic: Outlaw Commerce and State Governance in the 21st Century.
The early part of the 21st century has been marked by notable instances of outlaw commerce that have come to the public’s attention. Large-scale illicit economic activity that transgresses national borders and defies regulation has become a significant influence upon contemporary modes of state governance. From new forms of high seas piracy, sex and labor trafficking, the global drug trade, and arms trafficking, to traffic in biological substances-- the uneasy relationship between organized trafficking and the enactment of state power defies simplistic understandings of “law and order.” This panel seeks to interrogate the complex and varied range of state responses to the fact of trafficking by examining the operations of states where trafficking has had a significant influence. Papers will examine specific state responses to trafficking within national contexts that have been shaped by regional histories of colonialism, inequality, and economic constraint, in order to understand how state responses to trafficking have been formulated and implemented in relation international pressure for border regulation and economic pressures that promote what might be considered “traffic tolerant” governance.
If you are interested in participating in this session, please send a paper abstract to Anne Galvin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, April 11th for consideration.
Anne M. Galvin
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
St. John's University Email: email@example.com
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