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City of omens : a search for the missing women of the borderlands

Author: Dan Werb
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For decades, American hungers sustained Tijuana. In this scientific detective story, a public health expert reveals what happens when a border city's lifeline is brutally severed. Despite its reputation as a carnival of vice, Tijuana was, until recently, no more or less violent than neighboring San Diego, its sister city across the border wall. But then something changed. Over the past ten years, Mexico's  Read more...
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Werb, Dan.
City of omens.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019
(DLC) 2018055631
(OCoLC)1080554226
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Werb
ISBN: 9781635573008 1635573009
OCLC Number: 1099567552
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, map
Contents: 1. Welcome to El Bordo --
2. The price of something purchased --
3. The threshold --
4. The canyons and the mesa --
5. The beat --
6. Shore leave --
7. Mythmaking --
8. Modes of control --
9. Causation --
10. And yet they love them --
11. The bottom line --
12. Endless variation.
Responsibility: Dan Werb.

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For decades, American hungers sustained Tijuana. In this scientific detective story, a public health expert reveals what happens when a border city's lifeline is brutally severed. Despite its reputation as a carnival of vice, Tijuana was, until recently, no more or less violent than neighboring San Diego, its sister city across the border wall. But then something changed. Over the past ten years, Mexico's third-largest city became one of the world's most dangerous. Tijuana's murder rate skyrocketed and produced a staggering number of female victims. Hundreds of women are now found dead in the city each year, or bound and mutilated along the highway that lines the Baja coast. When Dan Werb began to study these murders in 2013, rather than viewing them in isolation, he discovered that they could only be understood as one symptom among many. Environmental toxins, drug overdoses, HIV transmission: all were killing women at overwhelming rates. As an epidemiologist, trained to track epidemics by mining data, Werb sensed the presence of a deeper contagion targeting Tijuana's women. Not a virus, but some awful wrong buried in the city's social order, cutting down its most vulnerable inhabitants from multiple directions. Werb's search for the ultimate causes of Tijuana's femicide casts new light on immigration, human trafficking, addiction, and the true cost of American empire-building. It leads Werb all the way from factory slums to drug dens to the corridors of police corruption, as he follows a thread that ultimately leads to a surprising turn back over the border, looking northward.

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