Beyond the Drug War in Mexico: Human rights, the public sphere and justice

1st Edition

Wil G. Pansters, Benjamin T. Smith, Peter Watt

Routledge
September 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 202 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367374310 - CAT# K442807
Series: Europa Country Perspectives

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Summary

This volume aims to go beyond the study of developments within Mexico’s criminal world and their relationship with the state and law enforcement. It focuses instead on the nature and consequences of what we call the ‘totalization of the drug war’, and its projection on other domains which are key to understanding the nature of Mexican democracy.

The volume brings together chapters written by distinguished scholars from Mexico and elsewhere who deal with three major questions: what are the main features of and forces behind the persistent militarization of the drug war in Mexico, and what are the main consequences for human rights and the rule of law; what are the consequences of these developments on the public sphere and, more specifically, on the functioning of the press and freedom of expression; and how do ordinary people engage with the effects of violence and insecurity within their communities, and which initiatives and practices of ‘justice from below’ do they develop to counter an increased sense of vulnerability, suffering and impunity?

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