Margins of the Market (Hardcover)

Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea (California World History Library #24)

By Johan Mathew

University of California Press, 9780520288546, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

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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.

About the Author

Johan Mathew is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Praise For Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea (California World History Library #24)

"This remarkable book combines rare conceptual imagination with rigorous and empirical scholarship. It is wonderfully written, with all the makings of a classic."

— Economic and Political Weekly