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Politics of the Illicit Global Economy (Brown University)

This course, run by Prof. Peter Andreas, is about the illicit side of globalization and efforts to police it. Drawing from a variety of scholarly traditions and theoretical perspectives, the course introduces students to key sectors of the illicit global economy: the trade in prohibited commodities (drugs such as cocaine and heroin), the smuggling of legal commodities (such as arms), and the black market in stolen commodities (such as intellectual property). It also covers the trafficking of bodies and body parts (migrants, sex workers, babies, and human organs).

The course compares these illicit economic activities across time and place and their relationship to the licit economy, and critically evaluates the practice and politics of regulatory efforts. Particular attention will be given to the United States, its history, and its relations with source and transit countries.

 All required books are available at the bookstore and on reserve at the Rock. All other readings are available electronically through OCRA. 


 Peter Andreas, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford, 2013)

 David Courtwright, Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard, 2002 edition)

 Tom Barry, Border Wars (MIT, 2011)

 David Kyle and Rey Koslowski, eds. Global Human Smuggling (Johns Hopkins, 2nd ed. 2011)

 Tim Phillips, Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods (Kogan Page, 2007)

03 Feb 2014

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