Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science
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Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in Mexico. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, adjacent to El Paso, Texas, has become the most violent city in the Mexican drug war. Much of the cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine consumed in the United States is imported across the Mexican border, making El Paso/Juárez one of the major drug-trafficking venues in the world.

In this anthropological study of drug trafficking and anti-drug law enforcement efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, Howard Campbell uses an ethnographic perspective to chronicle the recent Mexican drug war, focusing especially on people and events in the El Paso/Juárez area. It is the first social science study of the violent drug war that is tearing Mexico apart.

Based on deep access to the drug-smuggling world, this study presents the drug war through the eyes and lives of direct participants. Half of the book consists of oral histories from drug traffickers, and the other half from law enforcement officials. There is much journalistic coverage of the drug war, but very seldom are the lived experiences of traffickers and "narcs" presented in such vivid detail. In addition to providing an up-close, personal view of the drug-trafficking world, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that facilitates drug trafficking, the strategies of smugglers and anti-narcotics officials, and the perilous culture of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to as the "Drug War Zone."

 

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This is all about the drug activity in the area around San Diego and Juarez from the 1940's to the present. The first person accounts are interesting, but the ins and outs of all the politics can get ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE Smuggling in the Drug War Zone
35
Photo Insert
171
PART TWO Law Enforcement in the Drug War Zone
173
Epilogue and Conclusion
265
Notes
275
References
287
Index
297
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HOWARD CAMPBELL is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the co-editor of the University of Texas Press Inter-America Series.

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