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      State–Corporate Crime and the Case of Bt Cotton: On the Production of Social Harm and Dialectical Process

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            State–corporate crime research has been critiqued for fetishizing events and specific institutional arrangements. In recent years, this tendency has been changing as researchers are increasingly transcending the empiricist orthodoxy by giving more attention to relations and processes behind events and institutional arrangements. This is evidenced in the UK by the work of Steve Tombs, David Whyte and Kristian Lasslett. Their complementary concepts of “state–corporate crime symbiosis” and “regimes of permission” direct the analysis of social harm at systemic relations and processes expressed through state and corporate practices constitutive of capitalism. Following from this, Kristian Lasslett's application of Marxist dialectic to the study of state crime provides a scientific vantage point for the analysis advocated by Tombs and Whyte. Drawing lessons from their works, the article attempts a Marxist dialectical analysis of the Bt cotton and its contribution to the agrarian crisis in India.

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            Journal
            10.13169
            statecrime
            State Crime Journal
            Pluto Journals
            20466056
            20466064
            Autumn 2017
            : 6
            : 2
            : 214-240
            Affiliations
            Researcher at International State Crime Initiative and PhD candidate at Ulster University.
            Article
            statecrime.6.2.0214
            10.13169/statecrime.6.2.0214
            faa7df0f-0cd6-4397-9b2b-7d2d63ccb233
            © 2017 International State Crime Initiative

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            Criminology
            farming,state–corporate crime,Marxist dialectic,Bt cotton,farmer suicides,agriculture,social harm

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            1. (2016), Group Interview, Kadagamdoddi, Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            2. (2016), Group Interview, Jaalibenchi, Raichur, Karnataka, 31 August, 2016.

            3. (2016), Group Interview, Gonal Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            4. (2016), Group Interview, Kadagamdoddi, Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            5. (2016), Group Interview, Gonal Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            6. (2016), Group Interview, Gonal Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            7. (2016), Group Interview, Jalibenchi Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

            8. (2016), Group Interview, Jalibenchi Raichur, Karnataka, 30 August, 2016.

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