Self-Defense in Mexico: Indigenous Community Policing and the New Dirty Wars (Hardcover)

Self-Defense in Mexico: Indigenous Community Policing and the New Dirty Wars By Luis Hernández Navarro, Ramor Ryan (Translator) Cover Image

Self-Defense in Mexico: Indigenous Community Policing and the New Dirty Wars (Hardcover)

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In Mexico and across other parts of Latin America local Indigenous peoples have built community policing groups as a means of protection where the state has limited control over, and even complicity in, crime and violence. Luis Hernandez Navarro, a leading Mexican journalist, offers a riveting investigation of these armed self-defense groups that sprang up around the time of the 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. Available in English for the first time, the book spotlights the intense precarity of everyday life in parts of Mexico. Hernandez Navarro shows how the self-defense response, which now includes wealthier rancher and farmer groups, is being transformed by Mexico's expanding role in the multibillion dollar global drug trade, by foreign corporations' extraction of raw minerals in traditionally Indigenous lands, and by the resulting social changes in local communities.

But as Hernandez Navarro acknowledges, self-defense is highly controversial. Community policing may provide citizens with increased agency, but for government officials it can be a dangerous threat to the status quo. Leftists and liberals are wary of how the groups may be linked to paramilitary forces and vulnerable to manipulation by drug traffickers and the government alike. This book answers the urgent call to understand the dangerous complexities of government failures and popular solutions.

Luis Hernandez Navarro is a journalist and the opinion editor of La Jornada in Mexico City. He has a long record of covering social movements and activism and participated in the San Andres Accords during the 1994 Zapatista uprising. Ramor Ryan is a translator and the author of several books, including Zapatista Spring.
Product Details ISBN: 9781469654522
ISBN-10: 1469654520
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: May 18th, 2020
Pages: 278
Language: English