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When I Wear My Alligator Boots

Author: Shaylih Muehlmann
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520276787
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"This book tells the story of the poor, often indigenous workers living in the borderlands who are recruited to work in the lowest echelons of the drug trade, as burreros (mules) and narcotraficantes (traffickers). Shayleh Muehlmann spent over a year researching in a small community in the borderlands. This book brings her stories to a wider public, narrating the experiences of a group of indigenous fishermen in northern Mexico who have become involved in the drug trade, and exploring how the narco-economy has provided a reprieve for men and women attempting to survive while their primary form of livelihood, fishing, has been criminalized by the state because of its alleged negative environmental impact. The book examines the rise of narcotrafficking as one of the economic alternatives sought by local people and how this work is seen by many as a way of resisting forms of domination imposed on them by both the Mexican and U.S. governments. Muehlmann explores a tension at the heart of the "war on drugs." For many men and women living in poverty, the narco-economy represents an alternative to the exploitation and alienation they experience trying to work in the borderland's legal economy which has been increasingly dominated by the presence of U.S.-owned maquiladoras (assembly plants) and ravaged by environmental degradation. Despite the lawlessness and violence of the cartels and the ruinous consequences this process has had for some of the most vulnerable people involved, narco-trafficking represents one of the few promises of upward mobility for the indigenous poor in Mexico's north. "--

Searching For Boko Haram

Author: Scott MacEachern
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190492546
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For the past decade, Boko Haram has relentlessly terrorized northeastern Nigeria. Few if any explanations for the rise of this violent insurgent group look beyond its roots in worldwide jihadism and recent political conflicts in central Africa. Searching for Boko Haram is the first book to examine the insurgency within the context of centuries, millennia even, of cultural change in the region. The book surveys the deep history of the lands south of Lake Chad, richly documented in archaeology and texts, to show how ancient natural and cultural events can aid in our understanding of Boko Haram's present agenda. The land's historical narrative stretches back five centuries, with cultural origins that plunge even deeper into the past. One important feature of this past is the phenomenon of frontiers and borderlands. In striking ways, Boko Haram resembles the frontier slave raiders and warlords who figure in precolonial and colonial writings on the southern Lake Chad Basin. Presently, these accounts are paralleled by the activity of smugglers, bandits (coupeurs de route--"road cutters"), and tax evaders. The borderlands of these countries are today places where the state often refuses to exercise its full authority because of the profits and opportunities illicit relationships afford state officials and bureaucrats. For the local community, Boko Haram's actions are readily understandable in terms of slave raids and borderlands. They are not mysterious and unprecedented eruptions of violence and savagery, but--as the book argues--recognizable phenomena within the contexts of local politics and history. Written from the perspective of an author who has worked in this part of Africa for more than thirty years, Searching for Boko Haram provides vital historical context to the recent rise of this terroristic force, and counters misperceptions of their activities and of the region as a whole.


Author: Rihan Yeh
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022651207X
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Tijuana is the largest of Mexico’s northern border cities, and although it has struggled during the United States’ dramatic escalation of border enforcement, it nonetheless remains deeply connected with California by one of the largest, busiest international ports of entry in the world. In Passing, Rihan Yeh probes the border’s role in shaping Mexican senses of self and collectivity. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, Yeh examines a range of ethnographic evidence: public demonstrations, internet forums, popular music, dinner table discussions, police encounters, workplace banter, intensely personal interviews, and more. Through these everyday exchanges, she shows how the promise of passage and the threat of prohibition shape Tijuana’s communal sense of “we” and throw into relief long-standing divisions of class and citizenship in Mexico. Out of the nitty-gritty of quotidian talk and interaction in Tijuana, Yeh captures the dynamics of desire and denial that permeate public spheres in our age of transnational crossings and fortified borders. Original and accessible, Passing is a timely work in light of current fierce debates over immigration, Latin American citizenship, and the US-Mexico border.

Cyberidentities At War

Author: Birgit Bräuchler
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839402875
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Konfliktakteure setzen weltweit das Internet in zunehmendem Maße strategisch ein. Lokal ausgetragene Konflikte erhalten so eine neue Dimension: Die veränderte Medialisierung führt zu ihrer Ausdehnung in den globalen Cyberspace. Auf der Grundlage ethnographischer Forschungen zu den Online-Aktivitäten christlicher wie muslimischer Akteure im Molukkenkonflikt (1999-2002) untersucht die Studie Prozesse der Identitätskonstruktion und Gemeinschaftsbildung im Internet. Die Autorin leistet damit einen innovativen Beitrag zur Konflikt- und Internetforschung und ebnet methodisch den Weg für eine neue Cyberethnologie.

Der Futurologische Kongre

Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 351874318X
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Das Kernstück der Erzählung bildet eine lange Episode, in der der nach schweren Verletzungen in Kühlschlaf versetzte Ijon Tichy im Jahre 2039 erwacht, wo mittlerweile das Zeitalter der Psychemie angebrochen ist, der Beeinflussung aller Sinneswahrnehmungen durch chemische Mittel, die die ganze menschliche Existenz durchdringen, so daß es keine Wirklichkeit mehr gibt, die nicht chemisch manipuliert wäre.

Ich Liebte Pablo Und Hasste Escobar

Author: Virginia Vallejo
ISBN: 3732549518
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Virginia Vallejo ist auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Fernsehkarriere, als sie Pablo Escobar kennenlernt. Der Drogenbaron bemüht sich gerade um einen Sitz im kolumbianischen Parlament, und Virginia unterstützt seine Ambitionen durch TV-Berichte. Zwischen der glamourösen Fernsehmoderatorin und dem verheirateten Schwerverbrecher entwickelt sich eine Liebesaffäre im Mahlstrom aus Dschungel, Koks und High Society. Virginia erlebt fünf Jahre lang die Machenschaften der Kartelle hautnah mit und blickt ins Zentrum des Narco-Terrorismus, bis sie sich für immer von Escobar verabschieden muss ...

Die Andere Familie

Author: Joanna Trollope
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827072611
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Ausgerechnet der Flügel! Das große alte Instrument hatte zu ihrem Dad gehört wie nichts anderes, und jetzt müssen Tamsin, Dilly und Amy mit ansehen, wie er ihnen einfach weggenommen wird. Die andere Familie ihres Vaters soll ihn erben, eine Familie, von der die drei bis zu seinem plötzlichen Tod nichts geahnt hatten. Was für ein Schock! Nur Amy, die Jüngste, wird neugierig: Wer ist ihr rätselhafter Halbbruder ...?