Violencias and the Labors of Paralegality in the Era of Collapse
This chapter deals with drug cartels in Mexico, mapping out a critical terrain to analyze the triple relationship between the exhaustion of the institutional order, the intensification of syncopated violencias, and the enormous productive power of “paralegality.” It argues that contemporary violencias have inaugurated a border zone, an order open to constant definition, a space of dispute between asymmetrical and incommensurable forces that powerfully exceed the legal–illegal binary. Violencias constitute a space of transit, a “vestibule” between an order that has collapsed and other that has not yet come to be, but which is in the processes of becoming—thus their enormous foundational power and their simultaneous celerity.
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