Details

ISBN-10: 1477323899
ISBN-13: 9781477323892
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.90" H

Downtown Juárez: Underworlds of Violence and Abuse

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Overview

At least 200,000 people have died in Mexico’s so-called drug war, and the worst suffering has been in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. How did it get so bad? After three decades studying that question, Howard Campbell doesn’t believe there is any one answer. Misguided policies, corruption, criminality, and the borderland economy are all factors. But none of these reasons explain how violence in downtown Juárez has become heartbreakingly “normal.”

A rigorous yet moving account, Downtown Juárez is informed by the sex workers, addicts, hustlers, bar owners, human smugglers, migrants, and down-and-out workers struggling to survive in an underworld where horrifying abuses have come to seem like the natural way of things. Even as Juárez’s elite northeast section thrives on the profits of multinational corporations, and law-abiding citizens across the city mobilize against crime and official malfeasance, downtown’s cantinas, barrios, and brothels are tyrannized by misery.

Campbell’s is a chilling perspective, suggesting that, over time, violent acts feed off each other, losing their connection to any specific cause. Downtown Juárez documents this banality of evil–and confronts it–with the stories of those most affected.

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[Campbell] constructs a detailed and personal account of how violence is produced in Juárez specifically and Mexico as a whole...The author's writing style transports us to the detailed accounts and experiences he went through in Juárez and brings light to those who have been pushed to the shadows...This book is a valuable contribution to the literature as it provides scholars, social workers, and law enforcement officials with a complex understanding of violence in Juárez and the processes of naturalization of violence that continue to perpetuate violence in Mexico.– "Small Wars Journal" (11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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Details

ISBN-10: 1477323899
ISBN-13: 9781477323892
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.90" H
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