Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Prof. Domínguez-Ruvalcaba: Desmantelamiento de la Ciudadanía: Políticas de Terror en la Frontera Norte

Sat, May 26, 2012

Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba has published a new book entitled Desmantelamiento de la Ciudadanía: Políticas de Terror en la Frontera Norte, which explores the current state of ungovernability on the US-Mexico border.  “How many deaths,” the authors ask, “will finally be sufficient to unravel the network of complicity, abuses of the civil population, lack of professionalism, absolute loss of ethical sense, and the use of fear as a tool of control and self-deceit?”  Combining ethnography, discursive analysis, and cultural studies, this book presents some reflections on life on the border, where violent death is an everyday occurrence, assassins and corrupt officials act with impunity, and everyone is a potential victim. These factors condition the use of public and private spaces, which permit an analysis of civil rights, the economies of pleasure, and the politics of terror, which dominate the public and political spheres.

Desmantelamiento de la Ciudadanía  forms part of the series Diversidad sin Violencia, a research initiative sponsored by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología and coordinated by faculty from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Iztapalapa and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, a project known as the “Proyecto Género, Violencia y Diversidad Cultural. 

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