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Rhetorics of InsecurityBelonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era$
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Zeynep Gambetti and Marcial Godoy-Anativia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708439

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708439.001.0001

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Guarded (In)visibility

Guarded (In)visibility

Violencias and the Labors of Paralegality in the Era of Collapse

(p.196) Chapter Eight Guarded (In)visibility
Rhetorics of Insecurity

Rossana Reguillo Cruz

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   violecias, paralegality, Mexico, drug cartels, institutional order

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