The Practice and Culture of Smuggling

  • Thomas Hüsken
Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)


This chapter situates smuggling as a transgressive economic practice that is embedded in the wider social, political and cultural connectivity of the borderland. It discusses how smuggling is socially embedded in and regulated by kinship associations of the borderland. The practicalities and forms of smuggling are presented, and an analysis of the political dimension of smuggling is offered. The long-standing historical connection between smuggling and politics is highlighted, but the analysis also deals with the politicization of smuggling that became apparent in the course of the Arab revolutions in 2011. Smuggling is presented as the economic side of heterarchy.


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  • Thomas Hüsken
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  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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