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Cocaine: from coca fields to the streets

Arias, E. D. and Grisaffi, T., eds. (2021) Cocaine: from coca fields to the streets. Duke University Press, Durham NC, pp368. ISBN 9781478013723

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The book traces out the entire cocaine supply chain from its source in the Andes to pushers on the streets of Puerto Rico and Rio de Janiero. At each stage the authors focus on the processes of illicit governance that allow the trade to endure. The book makes three substantive contributions: First: By brining a commodity chain analysis to bear on the drugs trade, the book links up the steps of the chain to expose how the flow of commodities impacts on life worlds. This represents a departure from the current literature that overwhelmingly focuses on specific places and views each stage of the drug trade in relative isolation. Second: The book employs the notion of the ‘moral economy’ to analyse how the illicit trade is governed by its own internal logic that diverges from dominant economic models but is often deeply implicated in local, normatively regulated, exchanges. The contributors to this volume identify and examine a number of alternative economic systems that emerge outside of, in parallel to, in opposition of, or even in conjunction with mainstream capitalist market economies and governance frameworks. Third: The book reflects on these findings to consider what a more just and sensible drug control policy might look like in the Americas.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:85696
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Publisher:Duke University Press

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