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When Organized Crime Takes Office in North India

January 14, 2015 - 10:15-12:00

How do the local mafia systems fuse with elected political posts in North India? And how do 
the systems of organized crime work?
 
Guest lecture by Dr Lucia Michelutti, University College of London.
In this lecture, Dr. Michelutti will contribute to debates on the relationship between states and mafias in South Asia and beyond. Control over the means of violence and protection emerges as crucial in much research on corruption in non-South Asian contexts. In India, however, we still know precious little about the systems of organized crime which sustain the political rise of ‘criminal politicians’.
Using ethnographic material on illegal mining (‘the sand mafia’) she will explore local ‘mafia systems’ and their fusion with elected political posts in a provincial town in Uttar Pradesh.
 
About Dr. Michelutti
Dr. Michelutti is leader of the EU financied project Democratic Cultures with a focus on South Asia and India. She is also currently completing a monograph on political hope and the Venezuelan Bolivarian socialist revolution.
 
Venue: Room 15. P.A.Munchs hus 
Photo: Routledge India

 

When Organized Crime Takes Office in North India

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Date:
January 14, 2015
Time:
10:15-12:00