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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] ©2018
Series: Atelier (Oakland, Calif.), 1.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fontes, Anthony W.
Mortal doubt.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018014806
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony W Fontes
ISBN: 9780520969599 0520969596
OCLC Number: 1031415000
Description: 1 online resource (x, 322 pages)
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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"The writing style is clear, concise, and compelling." * European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies * "Describing Guatemala City as experiencing 'unfathomable levels of postwar Read more...

 
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