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Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics
     

Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics

by Curtis Marez
 

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ISBN-10: 0816640602

ISBN-13: 9780816640607

Pub. Date: 04/24/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Inaugurated in 1984, America's "War on Drugs" is just the most recent skirmish in a standoff between global drug trafficking and state power. From Britain's nineteenth-century Opium Wars in China to the activities of Colombia's drug cartels and their suppression by U.S.-backed military forces today, conflicts over narcotics have justified imperial expansion, global

Overview

Inaugurated in 1984, America's "War on Drugs" is just the most recent skirmish in a standoff between global drug trafficking and state power. From Britain's nineteenth-century Opium Wars in China to the activities of Colombia's drug cartels and their suppression by U.S.-backed military forces today, conflicts over narcotics have justified imperial expansion, global capitalism, and state violence, even as they have also fueled the movement of goods and labor around the world.In Drug Wars, cultural critic Curtis Marez examines two hundred years of writings, graphic works, films, and music that both demonize and celebrate the commerce in cocaine, marijuana, and opium, providing a bold interdisciplinary exploration of drugs in the popular imagination. Ranging from the writings of Sigmund Freud to pro-drug lord Mexican popular music, gangsta rap, and Brian De Palma's 1983 epic Scarface, Drug Wars moves from the representations and realities of the Opium Wars to the long history of drug and immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexican border, and to cocaine use and interdiction in South America, Middle Europe, and among American Indians. Throughout Marez juxtaposes official drug policy and propaganda with subversive images that challenge and sometimes even taunt government and legal efforts. As Marez shows, despite the state's best efforts to use the media to obscure the hypocrisies and failures of its drug policies-be they lurid descriptions of Chinese opium dens in the English popular press or Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign-marginalized groups have consistently opposed the expansion of state power that drug traffic has historically supported. Curtis Marez is assistant professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816640607
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
04/24/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
1,393,711
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Drug Wars1
Part I.Opium
1.The Globe in an Opium Bowl: The Opium Wars and British Empire in Asia39
2.Strange Bedfellows: Opium and the Political Economy of Sexuality70
Part II.Marijuana
3.Anarchy in the USA: The Mexican Revolution, Labor Radicalism, and the Criminalization of Marijuana105
4.LAPD, the Movie: Hollywood, the Police, and the Drug War against Mexican Immigrants146
5.La Cucaracha in Babylon: Mexican Music and Hollywood's Sonic War on Drugs185
Part III.Cocaine
6.Cocaine Colonialism: Indian Rebellion in South America and the History of Psychoanalysis225
7.Drug Wars Are Indian Wars: Frontier Drug Enforcement and the Ends of U.S. Empire247
Notes285
Index341

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