Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States

Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States

by Hector Amaya

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Overview

In Trafficking Hector Amaya examines how the dramatic escalation of drug violence in Mexico in 2008 prompted new forms of participation in public culture in Mexico and the United States. He contends that, by becoming a site of national and transnational debate about the role of the state, this violence altered the modes publicness could take, transforming assumptions about freedom of expression and the rules of public participation. Amaya examines the practices of narcocorrido musicians who take advantage of digital production and distribution technologies to escape Mexican censors and to share music across the US-Mexico border, as well as anonymous bloggers whose coverage of trafficking and violence from a place of relative safety made them public heroes. These new forms of being in the public sphere, Amaya demonstrates, evolved to exceed the bounds of the state and traditional media sources, signaling the inadequacy of democratic theories of freedom and publicness to understand how violence shapes public discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478009030
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Hector Amaya is Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California and author of Citizenship Excess: Latino/as, Media, and the Nation and Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance during the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Prologue  vii
Introduction. Trafficking, Publicness, and Violence  1
1. Prelude to Two Wars  25
2. Almost Failing: Violence, Space, and Discourse  57
3. Censoring Narcoculture: Mexican Republicanism and Publicity  91
4. Narcocorridos in the USA: Deterritorialization and the Business of Authenticity  124
5. Bloody Blogs: Publicity and Opacity  158
6. Trust: The Burden of Civics  192
Conclusion. Publicity's Contingent Insularity  213
Notes  225
References  235
Index  251

What People are Saying About This

The Mestizo State: Reading Race in Modern Mexico - Joshua Lund


“Hector Amaya's weighty, ambitious book sheds new light on the plague of violence around trafficking networks between Mexico and the United States by taking it seriously as a deep philosophical problem. Trafficking's scope is breathtaking; it is first-rate scholarship that makes an important intervention into an essential topic of our time.”

The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles - Josh Kun


Trafficking is a vital and critically sophisticated study of U.S-Mexico politics and culture at a time of great political and social urgency for the communities, economies, and lives that Hector Amaya theorizes and examines. Turning our attention to the ways in which the trafficking of violence is restructuring life on both sides of the border, Amaya makes a significant contribution to the way we think about and study contemporary U.S.-Mexico relations.”

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