Beyond Drugs, Smuggling and Trafficking: Violence, Victimization and Community Action in Mexico's Criminal Landscape (Hardcover)

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By Gabriella Sanchez (Editor), Sheldon X. Zhang (Editor)
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Graphic depictions of crime in Mexico abound in the global imagination, fueled not merely by media representations, but also by an abundant body of scholarship that reproduces grotesque, simplistic characterizations of Mexico's people, cities and towns as crime-ridden and almost inherently violent. These representations, however, often lack evidence and forgo important contextual analyses, not to mention fail to incorporate the perspectives of its actors in the research development process.

This collection of essays shows how community-based research efforts to examine practices like kidnapping, migrant smuggling, human trafficking, sex work and citizen-led forensics in Mexico can effectively correct methodological and conceptual gaps present in Mexico's dominant organized crime narrative, while providing effective mechanisms to inform academic and policy debates. This easy-to-read volume provides a much-needed re-assessment of Mexico's organized crime rhetoric, and also outlines a pathway for those interested in developing critical empirical research on illicit and criminalized practices.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Victims & Offenders.

About the Author


Gabriella Sanchez is Professor at the Criminal Justice Department, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, Texas, USA.Sheldon X. Zhang is Chair and Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780367714970
ISBN-10: 0367714973
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 110
Language: English