By Howard Campbell
Winner, Southwest publication Award, Border local Library organization, 2011
Thousands of individuals die in drug-related violence each year in Mexico. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, adjoining to El Paso, Texas, has turn into the main violent urban within the Mexican drug struggle. a lot of the cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine ate up within the usa is imported around the Mexican border, making El Paso/Juárez one of many significant drug-trafficking venues within the world.
In this anthropological research of drug trafficking and anti-drug legislations enforcement efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border, Howard Campbell makes use of an ethnographic point of view to chronicle the hot Mexican drug conflict, focusing specially on humans and occasions within the El Paso/Juárez sector. it's the first social technology research of the violent drug struggle that's tearing Mexico apart.
Based on deep entry to the drug-smuggling international, this learn offers the drug warfare in the course of the eyes and lives of direct contributors. half the booklet involves oral histories from drug traffickers, and the opposite part from police officers. there's a lot journalistic assurance of the drug conflict, yet very seldom are the lived stories of traffickers and "narcs" awarded in such bright aspect. as well as supplying an up-close, own view of the drug-trafficking international, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that enables drug trafficking, the suggestions of smugglers and anti-narcotics officers, and the perilous tradition of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to because the "Drug battle Zone."
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