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Thief plates : the mediation of extortion in the rickshaw business in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Around half a million rickshaws ply the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. To deal with the problem of theft, owner associations started to issue ‘thief plates’. These allow owners to get their rickshaws back at a reduced price. They also offer a protection against theft. This article argues that these plates form material mediators brokering relations between rickshaw owners and drivers, and thieves. Building on the literature on state-citizen brokerage, bureaucratic materialities and Anton Blok’s work on mafia, it wants to highlight the centrality of mediation in understanding practices of protection/extortion. It also aims to contribute to the literature on mafia in South Asia, showing the need to pay attention to norms of non-violence when dealing with violent or criminal strongmen.
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Political Science and International Relations, Development, Geography, Planning and Development, Extortion, mediation, materiality, theft, crime, Bangladesh

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Suykens, Bert, and Aynul Islam. “Thief Plates : The Mediation of Extortion in the Rickshaw Business in Dhaka, Bangladesh.” CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA, 2022, pp. 1–14, doi:10.1080/09584935.2022.2092840.
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Suykens, B., & Islam, A. (2022). Thief plates : the mediation of extortion in the rickshaw business in Dhaka, Bangladesh. CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2022.2092840
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Suykens, Bert, and Aynul Islam. 2022. “Thief Plates : The Mediation of Extortion in the Rickshaw Business in Dhaka, Bangladesh.” CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2022.2092840.
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Suykens, Bert, and Aynul Islam. 2022. “Thief Plates : The Mediation of Extortion in the Rickshaw Business in Dhaka, Bangladesh.” CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA: 1–14. doi:10.1080/09584935.2022.2092840.
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Suykens B, Islam A. Thief plates : the mediation of extortion in the rickshaw business in Dhaka, Bangladesh. CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA. 2022;1–14.
IEEE
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B. Suykens and A. Islam, “Thief plates : the mediation of extortion in the rickshaw business in Dhaka, Bangladesh,” CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA, pp. 1–14, 2022.
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  abstract     = {{Around half a million rickshaws ply the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. To deal with the problem of theft, owner associations started to issue ‘thief plates’. These allow owners to get their rickshaws back at a reduced price. They also offer a protection against theft. This article argues that these plates form material mediators brokering relations between
rickshaw owners and drivers, and thieves. Building on the literature on state-citizen brokerage, bureaucratic materialities and Anton Blok’s work on mafia, it wants to highlight the centrality of mediation in understanding practices of protection/extortion. It also aims to contribute to the literature on mafia in South Asia, showing the need to pay attention to norms of non-violence when dealing with violent or criminal strongmen.}},
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  keywords     = {{Political Science and International Relations,Development,Geography,Planning and Development,Extortion,mediation,materiality,theft,crime,Bangladesh}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{1--14}},
  title        = {{Thief plates : the mediation of extortion in the rickshaw business in Dhaka, Bangladesh}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2022.2092840}},
  year         = {{2022}},
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