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Mortal doubt : transnational gangs and social order in Guatemala City

Author: Anthony W Fontes
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
Series: Atelier (Oakland, Calif.), 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The fact and fear of crime dominate Guatemala City. In the midst of unprecedented levels of postwar violence, Guatemalans struggle to comprehend the myriad forces that have made life in this city so deeply insecure. Born out of histories of state terror, migration, and deportation, maras (or transnational gangs) have become the veritable face of this new era of violence. They are brutal organizations engaged in  Read more...
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Fontes, Anthony W.
Mortal doubt.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018018645
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony W Fontes
ISBN: 9780520297081 0520297083 9780520297098 0520297091
OCLC Number: 1029631711
Description: x, 322 pages illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Bring out the dead --
Portrait of a "real" marero --
Brother's bones --
Emissaries of the violent peace --
The road to prison --
Porous prisons --
The prisoners and the cascabel --
Extorted life --
Make it a global --
Made for media murder --
Farewell Guatemala City --
Liminal redemption --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Atelier (Oakland, Calif.), 1.
Responsibility: Anthony W. Fontes.

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"The fact and fear of crime dominate Guatemala City. In the midst of unprecedented levels of postwar violence, Guatemalans struggle to comprehend the myriad forces that have made life in this city so deeply insecure. Born out of histories of state terror, migration, and deportation, maras (or transnational gangs) have become the veritable face of this new era of violence. They are brutal organizations engaged in extortion, contract killings, and the drug trade, and yet they have also become essential to the making of a certain kind of social order. Based on years of fieldwork inside prisons, police precincts, and gang-dominated neighborhoods, Anthony W. Fontes demonstrates how gang violence has become indissoluble from contemporary social imaginaries, and how these gangs provide cover for a host of other criminal actors. Ethnographically rich and unflinchingly critical, Mortal Doubt illuminates the maras' role in making and mooring collective terror in Guatemala City and beyond"--Provided by publisher.

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