ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Casualised Ethnography of the Jamshedpur Working Class

Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India by Andrew Sanchez, Routledge, Oxon, UK; New York, 2016; pp xxi + 185, 795.

Andrew Sanchez’s Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India is a contribution to a growing literature that uses historical ethnography to trace the shifts in highly localised patterns of accumulation and class formation in neo-liberal India. The book focuses on the industrial workforce of Jamshedpur—a city frequently portrayed as an island of peace and order, industriousness, and prosperity, in the midst of the general chaos, inefficiency, and poverty that characterise the surrounding countryside—in the tribal-dominated state of Jharkhand. Against this broadly self-congratulatory rhetoric, Sanchez’s book attempts to highlight the constitutive role of criminality and corruption in the political economy of Jamshedpur and thereby offer a more critical perspective on the social relations that underwrite capitalist accumulation.

Corruption Begets Class

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Updated On : 16th Mar, 2018
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