From Coca Fields to the Streets

  • Author: Arias, Enrique Desmond; Grisaffi, Thomas
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9781478013723
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478021957
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2021
  • Month: September
  • Pages: 376
  • Language: English
The contributors to Cocaine analyze the contemporary production, transit, and consumption of cocaine throughout the Americas and the illicit economy's entanglement with local communities. Based on in-depth interviews and archival research, these essays examine how government agents, acting both within and outside the law, and criminal actors seek to manage the flow of illicit drugs to both maintain order and earn profits. Whether discussing the moral economy of coca cultivation in Bolivia, criminal organizations and drug traffickers in Mexico, or the routes cocaine takes as it travels into and through Guatemala, the contributors demonstrate how entire ways of life are built around cocaine commodification. They consider how the authority of state actors is coupled with the self-regulating practices of drug producers, traffickers, and dealers, complicating notions of governance and of the relationships between economic and moral economies. The collection also outlines a more progressive drug policy that acknowledges the important role drugs play in the lives of those at the urban and rural margins.

Contributors. Enrique Desmond Arias, Lilian Bobea, Philippe Bourgois, Anthony W. Fontes, Robert Gay, Paul Gootenberg, Romain Le Cour Grandmaison, Thomas Grisaffi, Laurie Kain Hart, Annette Idler, George Karandinos, Fernando Montero, Dennis Rodgers, Taniele Rui, Cyrus Veeser, Autumn Zellers-León
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  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. The Moral Economy of the Cocaine Trade / Enrique Desmond Arias and Thomas Grisaffi
  • 01. The White Factory: Coca, Cocaine, and Informal Governance in the Chapare, Bolivia / Thomas Grisaffi
  • 02. Tracing Cocaine Supply Chains from Within: Illicit Flows, Armed Conflict, and the Moral Economy of Andean Borderlands / Annette Idler
  • 03. Drug Crops, Twisted Motorcycles, and Cultural Loss in Indigenous Colombia / Autumn Zellers-León
  • 04. From Corumbá to Rio: An Ethnography of Trafficking / Robert Gay
  • 05. Border, Ghetto, Prison: Cocaine and Social Orders in Guatemala / Anthony W. Fontes
  • 06. Drug Cartels, from Political to Criminal Intermediation: The Caballeros Templarios’ Mirror Sovereignty in Michoacán, Mexico / Romain Le Cour Grandmaison
  • 07. Of Drugs, Tortillas, and Real Estate: On the Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Drug Dealing in Nicaragua / Dennis Rodgers
  • 08. “A Very Well Established Culture”: Cocaine Market Self-Regulation as Alternative Governance in San Juan, Puerto Rico / Lilian Bobea and Cyrus Veeser
  • 09. Visibleand Invisible “Cracklands” in Brazil: Moral Drug Commerce and the Production of Space in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (1990–2017) / Taniele Rui
  • 10. The Violence of the American Dream in the Segregated US Inner-CityNarcotics Markets of the Puerto Rican Colonial Diaspora / Philippe Bourgois, Laurie Kain Hart, George Karandinos, and Fernando Montero
  • 11. Shifting South: Cocaine’s Historical Present and the Changing Politics of Drug War, 1975–2015 / Paul Gootenberg
  • Conclusion. Responding to Cocaine’s Moral Economies / Enrique Desmond Arias
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