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Captured at Sea

Subtitle: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean
Author: Jatin Dua
Publication Date: 2019
Language: English
Book webpage: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520305205/captured-at-sea
Abstract: 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.
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Series: Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century
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Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780520305205