Outreach Coordinator for Division of Social Anthropology
Fellow, Trinity Hall
Andrew Sanchez is accepting applications for PhD students.
Andrew Sanchez is a specialist on the anthropology of class, labour and corruption, and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in urban India among industrial workers, trade unionists and entrepreneurs.
He is the author of ‘Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India’ (Routledge 2015), which considers how experiences of dispossession relate to criminality in corporations and political institutions.
Andrew earned his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he held teaching and research positions at the LSE, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Kent.
Capitalism, Class, Corruption, Economy, India, Industry, Organised Crime, Urban Anthropology, Work and Labour.
Andrew is currently conducting an ethnographic study of the Indian scrap metal industry, which addresses key conceptual debates in the anthropology of value, exchange and work. From 2018 he will begin new research in the UK, which considers how conditions of uncertainty affect political and economic decision making for the urban poor.
SAN2: Comparative Social Analysis: Economic Anthropology
SAN6: Political Economy and Social Transformations: Organised Crime and Corruption
MPhil Paper 2: Systems of Power and Knowledge: Anthropology and Economics
MRes/PhD First Year: Ethnographic Methods
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
2016. ‘Profane Relations: The Irony of Offensive Jokes in India’ History and Anthropology 27 (3): 296-312
2014. ‘Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on India’s Working Classes’ (with Christian Strümpell) Modern Asian Studies 48(5): 1233-1241
2014. ‘Sons of Soil, Sons of Steel: Autochthony Descent and the Class Concept in Industrial India’ (with Christian Strümpell) Modern Asian Studies 48(5): 1276-1301
2012. ‘Deadwood and Paternalism: Rationalising Casual Labour in an Indian Company Town’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18 (4): 808-827
2012. ‘Questioning Success: Dispossession and the Criminal Entrepreneur in Urban India’ Critique of Anthropology 32 (4): 435-457
2010. ‘Capitalism, Violence and The State: Crime, Corruption and Entrepreneurship in an Indian Company Town’ Journal of Legal Anthropology,1 (2):165-188
2016 (forthcoming). ‘Thirty Years of the Indian Gift: a Critical Debate’. History and Anthropology
2014. ‘Class Matters: New Ethnographic Perspectives on the Politics of Indian Labour’ (co-edited with Christian Strümpell) Modern Asian Studies 48(5)
Chapters in Edited Volumes
2017 (forthcoming). ‘Relative Precarity: Decline, Hope and the Politics of Work’. Regular and Precarious Labour in Modern Industrial Settings. Hann, C & Parry, JP. (eds) Berghahn
2017 (forthcoming). ‘Organised Crime in South Asian Politics’. The Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics. Gilmour, S & Allum, F. (eds). Edward Elgar
2017 (forthcoming). ‘The Return of Class’. The Handbook of Political Anthropology. Wydra, H & Thomassen, B. (eds.) Edward Elgar
2016 (forthcoming). ‘Coercion and Corporate Power: Notes on Class Struggle in an Indian City’. The Corporation: A Critical, Multidisciplinary Handbook. Grietje Baars & Andre Spicer (eds.) Cambridge University Press
2015. ‘Criminal Entrepreneurship: A political economy of corruption and organised crime in India’ Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption. Paul Heywood (ed.) Routledge pp. 67-76
Reports and Comments
2016. ‘Corruption is both a symptom of the basic structures of capitalism, and a technology that supports them’. LSE South Asia. May 12 2016
2015. ‘FT could be more critical of a company town’ Financial Times. November 12 2015
2012. ‘Corruption in India’. India: The Next Superpower? LSE IDEAS SR010 March 2012: 50-53
2011. ‘Criminal Capital’ LSE Connect, Winter 2011:12-13
2011. ‘Taking Stock: Looting and the Left in the London Riots’ City Analysis