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Department of Social Anthropology


Dr Andrew SanchezWe're delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Sanchez will be joining us in September 2016 as a new University Lecturer.

Dr Sanchez, who took his PhD at the London School of Economics in 2009, is the author of Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India (Routledge, 2015), which describes and analyses the effects of institutional criminality on the lives of industrial workers in the Tata 'company town' of Jamshedpur in eastern India. He has conducted fieldwork among that city's formal-sector industrial workers, union leaders, and entrepreneurs, and more recently on working lives, business practices, and class politics in the informal sector there. His writings address key conceptual debates in the anthropology of economy, class, and labour, and have concerned such topics as the history of class formation in India, organized crime, corruption, 'criminal entrepreneurship', value and materiality. He has previously held research and teaching positions at the LSE, the Max Planck Institute at Halle, and the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Dr Sanchez is currently completing a project about work and value in the Indian scrap metal industry. From late 2017 he will begin new research in the UK, which considers how conditions of uncertainty affect political and economic decision making for the urban poor. He has teaching expertise in economic anthropology, urban ethnography and the anthropology of criminality.