Junk international: the symbolic drug trade

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Musgrove, Brian. 2007. "Junk international: the symbolic drug trade." Dale, Leigh and Gilbert, Helen (ed.) Economies of representation, 1790 - 2000: colonialism and commerce. Aldershot, Hants, England. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 73-81
Chapter Title

Junk international: the symbolic drug trade

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1202
Book TitleEconomies of representation, 1790 - 2000: colonialism and commerce
Authors
AuthorMusgrove, Brian
EditorsDale, Leigh and Gilbert, Helen
Page Range73-81
Chapter Number6
Number of Pages9
Year2007
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Place of PublicationAldershot, Hants, England
ISBN9780754662570
Abstract

Spectacular value-adding between third-world production sites and first-world retail marketplaces; the entrapment
of indigenous workers in cycles of low-pay dependence and
intimidation; ruthless profit maximization; the easy penetration of sovereign economic zones; altered social
habits and habitual consumerism in such zones; the flow
of untaxable cash from local economies to off-shore finance
centers; local franchising as the agency of aggressive, transnational cartels or monopolies - all these characterize globalization. They also describe the processes
of the international drug trade, the commerce in 'junk', which William S. Burroughs recognized in The Naked Lunch (1959) as the very model of a colonizing capitalism at
its most efficient pitch.

Keywordsdrugs; international drug trading; commodification; multinational companies; manipulation; unethical behaviours
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440811. Political theory and political philosophy
470210. Globalisation and culture
350608. Marketing theory
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Humanities and International Studies
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