Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism Across the Arabian Sea

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Univ of California Press, May 10, 2016 - History - 272 pages
What is the relationship between trafficking and free trade? Is trafficking the perfection or the perversion of free trade? Trafficking occurs thousands of times each day at borders throughout the world, yet we have 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 was forged at the margins of the free market, where governments intervened, and traffickers turned a profit.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Commoditizing Transport
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Kutchi pilots map of the Bab alMandeb ca 1835 2829
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Fare and distance chart for the Strick Line 1902
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Trafficking Labor
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Cargo of child slaves rescued from an Arab dhow
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Military and sporting rifles
101
Abbreviations Used in Notes
181
Bibliography
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Johan Mathew is Assistant Professor of History and Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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