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Brushing with Organized Crime and Democracy: The Art of Making Do in South Asia

Hoque, A; Michelutti, L; (2018) Brushing with Organized Crime and Democracy: The Art of Making Do in South Asia. Journal of Asian Studies , 77 (4) pp. 991-1011. 10.1017/S0021911818000955. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the performances of a particular category of young men often derogatively referred to as “chamchas” (sycophants) who are using the art of making do (jugaad) by exploiting and bluffing links with powerful political networks and political parties, as well as friendships with strongmen and their criminal crews. Crucially, the comparative ethnography across India (western Uttar Pradesh) and Bangladesh (Sylhet) introduces readers to the “contact zone” where legality, semi-legality, and organized criminal systems meet. In so doing, the article unravels the working of the democratically elected “Mafia Raj.”

Type: Article
Title: Brushing with Organized Crime and Democracy: The Art of Making Do in South Asia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0021911818000955
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911818000955
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057161
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