Past Event

Book Launch: The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling

3 May 2022 17:00–18:30

IDS Convening Space and Zoom

We are thrilled to officially launch the ‘Routledge Handbook of Smuggling’ with an introduction by its editors, some of its authors, and a discussion of key issues in the contemporary study of smuggling.

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  • Max Gallien, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
  • Florian Weigand, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Shalaka Thakur, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Priya Deshingkar, University of Sussex
  • Jasmine Bhatia, War and Humanitarianism Programme at Birkbeck, University of London.

The handbook offers a comprehensive survey of interdisciplinary research related to smuggling, reflecting on key themes, and charting current and future trends. Divided into six parts and spanning over 30 chapters, the volume covers themes such as mobility, borders, violent conflict, and state politics, as well as looks at the smuggling of specific goods – from rice and gasoline to wildlife, weapons, and cocaine. Chapters engage with some of the most contentious academic and policy debates of the twenty-first century, including the historical creation of borders, re-bordering, the criminalisation of migration, and the politics of selective toleration of smuggling.

The book is available entirely to read for free here.

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