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Jugaad and informality as drivers of India’s cow slaughter economy

journal contribution
posted on 2019-10-01, 00:00 authored by Yamini NarayananYamini Narayanan
India’s status as the world’s leading milk producer is significantly sustained by cow slaughter, a criminal act in most Indian states. The paper argues that jugaad, a complex Indian sociological phenomenon of corruption and innovation, is vital in enabling the illegal slaughter of cows on an industrial scale in the informal economy. Jugaad is enacted through ingenious alterations to social processes and material products in two ‘grey’ and informal spaces that are rendered exceptional to formal governance: (1) illicit transportation to slaughterhouses; and (2) intricate social contracts between stakeholders along this production line. Through these processes in informal spaces, the bovine body itself is transformed by way of jugaad from protected dairy cow to contraband beef cow.

History

Journal

Environment and planning a - economy and space

Volume

51

Pagination

1516-1535

Location

London, Eng.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0308-518X

eISSN

1472-3409

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, The Authors

Issue

7

Publisher

Sage Publications