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Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century


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Deviant globalization is a constituent aspect of globalization in a world that has diverse value systems and inconsistent rules about what can or cannot be bought and sold in markets.

This carefully curated selection of provocative and accessible essays helps us come to grips with the dark underside of the global economy, and sheds new light on what we can and should do about it. Peter Andreas, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University Deviant Globalization shows the dark side of global trade, the illicit flows, black markets, and trafficking in drugs and human bodies that are as much a part of the new world (dis)order as multinational corporations and instant financial transfers. Contributors push us towards a more complete moral and political assessment of globalization and the development of better theories to account for power relations, inequalities, and collateral damage. Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council In the shadows of the move to a globalized economy, in places its uncritical partisans would rather not look, an equally new and equally globalized set of phenomena has arisen. In this pathbreaking book, Nils Gilman, Jesse Goldhammer, and Steven Weber have gone far beyond registering the existence of deviant globalization.' They have theorized it, and shown that what crops up at the intersection of ethical disparity and regulatory inefficiency is now a permanent feature of global affairs. Observers of the world will benefit from this insight, while teachers and students will gratefully thank the editors for compiling the evidence in one place. Samuel Moyn, Columbia University, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History"

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Author: Nils Gilman; Jesse Goldhammer; Steve Weber
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2011.
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From the Back Cover: Deviant Globalization argues that, far from being marginal, illicit activities are a pervasive and integral part of globalization. Examining a wide range of underground industries, this unique reader explains why understanding deviant globalization, and the moral arbitrage that fuels it, is crucial for making decisions and enacting policies that will maximize the benefits of globalization and  Read more...

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Author Nils Gilman argues the black market isn't necessarily a bad thing. "If you like entrepreneurship, if you like innovation," says Gilman, "then you've got to love deviant globalization."

The narcotics industry in Mexico, for example, directly employees 400,000 people -- more than finance or oil.

Analysts who look at deviant globalization as merely a negative externality of licit globalization typically struggle to see how it is embedded in host societies in socially and politically meaningful ways. By contrast, analysts who treat deviant globalization as a systems problem are able to consider a wider range of options for managing its impacts.