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Drug cartels do not exist : narcotrafficking in U.S. and Mexican culture / Oswaldo Zavala ; translated by William Savinar.

Author/creator Zavala, Oswaldo, 1975- author.
Other author/creatorSavinar, William, 1990- translator.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Nashville, Tennessee : Vanderbilt University Press, [2022]
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionx, 193 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Uniform titleCárteles no existen. English
Series Critical Mexican studies
Critical Mexican studies. ^A1422291
Contents Introduction. The invention of a formidable enemy -- Narco culture depoliticized -- The cartels don't exist (but state violence does) -- Four writers subverting the narconarrative -- Drug trafficking, soldiers, and police on the border -- Epilogue. The new "cartel war" is not new, nor a war, nor between cartels.
Abstract "What if narco violence and trafficking do not threaten the state, but are actually central to its operations? Through political and cultural analysis of representations of the so-called war on drugs, Oswaldo Zavala makes the case that the very terms we use to describe drug traffickers are a constructed subterfuge for the real narcos: politicians, corporations, and the military. Though Donald Trump's incendiary comments and monstrous policies on the border revealed the character of a deeply depraved leader, state violence on both sides of the border is nothing new. Immigration has endured as a prevailing news topic, but it is a fixture of modern society in the neoliberal era; the future will be one of exile brought on by state violence and the plundering of our natural resources to sate capitalist greed. Yet the realities of violence in Mexico and along the border are obscured by the books, films, and TV series we consume. In truth, works like Sicario, The Queen of the South, and Narcos hide Mexico's political realities. Alongside these examples, Zavala discusses Charles Bowden, 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, and other important Latin American writers as examples of those who do capture the realities of the drug war. Translated into English by William Savinar, Drug Cartels Do Not Exist will be useful for journalists, political scientists, philosophers, and writers of any kind who wish to break down the constructed barriers--physical and mental--created by those in power around the reality of the Mexican drug trade."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Zavala, Oswaldo, 1975- Drug cartels do not exist Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2020] 9780826504685
LCCN 2021050482
ISBN9780826504661 (paperback)
ISBN0826504663 (paperback)
ISBN9780826504678 (hardback)
ISBN0826504671 (hardback)

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