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Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez (The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere) Paperback – October 15, 2009
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Howard Campbell's Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez is an ethnographic study which offers multiple points of view that elucidate the complexity of America's "War on Drugs" in relation to narcotics trafficking and violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Presenting an eclectic array of voices, Campbell illustrates and connects the experiences and agendas of narcotics traffickers and addicts, law enforcement and military officials, and civil participants in various segments of society. Revealing the convergences and divergences between these diverse social groups, Campbell defines the Drug War Zone (DWZ) as a space of collusion and contestation in which drug traffickers and law enforcement conflict, connect, intersect, and interact globally and economically. He writes that the DWZ "is the transnational, fluid cultural space in which contending forces battle over the meaning, value, and control of drugs"(6). Within this space, Campbell brings out the hybridity within the "drug-antidrug" dichotomy by illuminating government officials' complicity with narcotics traffickers, revealing the DWZ as a space in which the two polar opposites merge and become the other through economically motivated negotiation and resistance at both the global and regional-El Paso-Juárez-levels.
Drug War Zone evidences the fallacy of the "War on Drugs" by investigating the complicity between capitalism and narcotics trafficking. Using pseudonyms to represent his subjects, Campbell deconstructs the paradigms that justify U.S.Read more ›
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I like that each chapter is written by the person being interviewed. El Paso and Juarez are a different world.Published on April 27, 2013 by Thomas Bird
The book is extremely interesting and approaches the issues surrounding the drug war in the border area from a very informative perspective. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Kindle Customer
"Like the oral historian Studs Terkel, Howard Campbell-a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso- aims to "record the voices of the common... Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Alesia Zagara
A very detailed, gritty look at the ongoing "war" against drugs that takes place primarily on the U.S. Mexico border. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by TB Mitch