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1. Deviant Globalization


10 2013

This chapter introduces the concept of deviant globalization. The unpleasant underside of transnational integration, deviant globalization describes crossborder economic networks that produce, move, and consume things as various as narcotics and rare wildlife, looted antiquities and counterfeit goods, dirty money and toxic waste, as well as human beings in search of undocumented work and unorthodox sexual activities. This wide and thriving range of illicit services and industries takes place in the shadows of the formal, licit global economy, and its rapid growth is challenging traditional notions of wealth, development, and power. In sum, deviant globalization describes the way that entrepreneurs use the technical infrastructure of globalization to exploit gaps and differences in regulation and law enforcement of markets for repugnant goods and services