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5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating ethnography of border violence
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2009
The US Mexico Border is one of the most unique among anthropological spaces. Apart from being bi-national, it is enormously complex in the variety and interplay of cultures and social classes. The area, now affected by a drug war in Mexico, remains "safe" on the US side and anarchic on the Mexcian side. Yet the communities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez are deeply intertwined and inextricable. In this context, the author delves into the sub-cultures and groups that are part of the drug war. He interviews police officers, drug dealers, border patrol agents and a host of social actors who play out this complex and dangerous drama. The author spends a great deal of time framing the border context and then lets his subjects tell their stories. For those who want to see good anthropology in action, this is a great example. For others, who just want to try to understand what is going on in the trenches of the drug war, the book is indispensible.
A very detailed, gritty look at the ongoing "war" against drugs that takes place primarily on the U.S. Mexico border. The strength of this book most certainly lies in its ability to tell the story from multiple points of view that come from a myriad of players in the drug trafficking realm. Each individual story helps to shed light on the war on drugs in a different way, but in the end, the whole picture is illuminated and presented to the reader in astounding clarity. Every individual involved offers a different perspective or opinion; and when they come together, they offer one of the most comprehensive, complete descriptions available. This book is required reading to anyone, such as myself, who has an insatiable curiosity about the political, criminal, and personal aspects of drug trafficking. Well done Dr. Campbell!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2013
when i read the preview for this book i expected something a little different.it was suppossed to be from the view of law enforcment and smugglers both but i thought it would be large scale smugglers and cartel members telling their stories.instead it was small scale criminals and street dealers.i was very dissapointed.they should have been more clear in their description.
2.0 out of 5 starsKindle version doesn't have page numbers
Reviewed in Canada on October 24, 2019
I bought the kindle version of this book for an anthropology paper that I have to write for school and there are no page numbers. It only gives me "location" numbers which aren't helpful when I'm trying to reference a certain page. I've never had this problem buying kindle versions of books before. I am VERY disappointed with this.
This is an old story ....it is nothing more than corruption around the world . How are the drugs distributed in the USA ????and never catch the Big Fish ? Only South of the Border ! Who protects them ??