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Dr Andrew Sanchez

Dr Andrew Sanchez


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.

Research Interests

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.

Research Supervision

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

Key Publications


2015. Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India, Routledge

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

2016. ‘Profane Relations: The Irony of Offensive Jokes in IndiaHistory 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 TownJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18 (4): 808-827

2012. ‘Questioning Success: Dispossession and the Criminal Entrepreneur in Urban IndiaCritique of Anthropology 32 (4): 435-457

2010. ‘Capitalism, Violence and The State: Crime, Corruption and Entrepreneurship in an Indian Company TownJournal of Legal Anthropology,1 (2):165-188

Edited Works

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 IndiaRoutledge 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 townFinancial Times. November 12 2015

2012. ‘Corruption in India’. India: The Next Superpower? LSE IDEAS SR010 March 2012: 50-53

2011. ‘Criminal CapitalLSE Connect, Winter 2011:12-13

2011. ‘Taking Stock: Looting and the Left in the London RiotsCity Analysis