Ports and Crime

  • Paula Banerjee


Although much work has analyzed the relation of labour and logistics in the context of ports, less attention has been paid to the nexus of logistics and crime. This is the case for Kolkata, even though the port has for long been closely associated with crimes perpetrated in the city. No discourse on logistics can be complete without a discussion of crime. The routes through which goods and ideas move are often the same routes taken by organized crime groups and networks. Legitimate business hubs often transform into markets for smuggled goods. Sometimes even the players remain the same. Exploring the nexus of crime and logistics in and around the Kidderpore docks in Kolkata, this chapter considers the gendered and social dimensions of the situation, both historically and in the present day.


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  • Paula Banerjee
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  1. 1.Calcutta Research GroupKolkataIndia

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