Junk international: the symbolic drug trade

Musgrove, Brian (2007) Junk international: the symbolic drug trade. In: Economies of representation, 1790 - 2000: colonialism and commerce. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, Hants, England, pp. 73-81. ISBN 978-0-7546-6257-0

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.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright of this chapter. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 820.93553 Eco.
Depositing User: Dr Brian Musgrove
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008 02:59
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: drugs; international drug trading; commodification; multinational companies; manipulation; unethical behaviours
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150506 Marketing Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3783

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