Black Markets

Authored by: Sharada Balachandran Orihuela

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138190870
eBook ISBN: 9781315640808
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“Black Markets” posits that the piratic, which refers broadly to possessory acts that exist outside the law, constitutes both a poetics and a model for understanding how persons who have been left outside the restrictive and exclusive categories of citizen resist the regulatory powers of and demand redress from the liberal state. Indeed, it is because rights in a liberal tradition are considered to be a type of property, and the protection of property has been a cornerstone in the creation and protection of the liberal person that property is the subject of this inquiry. This chapter emphasizes the underbelly of this liberal story: it looks to the place of unlawful ownership as a means of challenging the dispossessions facilitated by the state. By analyzing or even participating in forms of property ownership that exist outside what is legally permissible, this chapter suggests that dispossessed populations imagine and help to and create new social, political, and economic communities.

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