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Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Oceanvolume 3

Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Oceanvolume 3

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  • Jatin Dua
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520305205
  • 8.9 X 6 X 0.9 inches
  • 0.8 pounds
  • Social Science > Anthropology - Cultural & Social
  • English
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How is it possible for six men to take a Liberian-flagged oil tanker hostage and negotiate a huge pay out for the return of its crew and 2.2 million barrels of crude oil? In his gripping new book, Jatin Dua answers this question by exploring the unprecedented upsurge in maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia in the twenty-first century. Taking the reader inside pirate communities in Somalia, onboard multinational container ships, and within insurance offices in London, Dua connects modern day pirates to longer histories of trade and disputes over protection. In our increasingly technological world, maritime piracy represents not only an interruption, but an attempt to insert oneself within the world of oceanic trade. Captured at Sea moves beyond the binaries of legal and illegal to illustrate how the seas continue to be key sites of global regulation, connectivity, and commerce today.
Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Oceanvolume 3

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I am a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean and projects and processes of governance, law, and economy along the East African coast.  My book, Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean, published with the University of California Press (2019), is a multi-sited ethnographic and archival engagement with maritime piracy and contestations over legitimate and illegitimate commerce in coastal East Africa. 

Focusing on the ransom economy of Somali piracy, my book places this threat of violence (its management and perpetuation) as central to global mobility to see how a variety of actors from pirates and diya kinship groups in Somalia, to naval ships and Indian dhow captains at sea as well as insurance agents and security consultants in London create and regulate order and disorder within economies of piracy and counter-piracy.

My current research projects continue this emphasis on maritime worlds and their entanglements with law, sovereignty, economy, and sociality in the Indian Ocean and beyond. 1) Navigating the Bab-el-Mandeb, focuses on the materiality of navigation, including technologies of risk calculation, credit extension, and the daily forms of circulation and governance that occur across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, a key maritime chokepoint connecting the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. 2) Africa at Sea: Captivity and Care in the global shipping economy, opens up a hitherto unexplored world of African mobility and its relationship to global shipping and maritime capitalism. 

In particular, this project explores the varied meanings of blackness and racial capitalism through a simultaneous focus on port-making and large-scale maritime infrastructure investment on land as well as following the regional and global itineraries of African seafarers onboard cargo ships at sea. I'm conducting research for these project in a number of port cities across the globe including Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Djibouti, Bosasso (Somalia) and Dubai (UAE) as well as onboard container ships and other vessels that transit along these shipping routes.

I teach courses on the anthropology of law and regulation; oceanic studies; global capitalism; state and non-state violence and a course on the various historical and contemporary practices that have been labeled “piracy” from maritime raiding to the moral economy of hacking.

Research Areas

Anthropology of Law and Regulation
Political Economy
Piracy 
Infrastructure/Logistics
Maritime and Oceanic Anthropology
Indian Ocean
Horn of Africa/East Africa

 

Source: University of Michigan 

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