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Violence at the Urban Margins$
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Javier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190221447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221447.001.0001

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Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey

Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey

(p.135) Chapter 6 Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey
Violence at the Urban Margins

Ana Villarreal

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines everyday responses to a wave of gruesome, spectacular drug violence (2009–2012) in Monterrey, Mexico. It provides evidence on four logistics of fear employed by residents: armoring, camouflaging, caravanning, and regrouping. While the first two strategies reconfirm that fear is an isolating emotion that destroys public space, the last two strategies attest to a less-examined dimension of fear. To cope with a feared trajectory, individuals turned to caravanning practices. To confront the loss of public space, individuals regrouped for public mourning in plazas and leisure practices in closed streets. Hence, the central claim made in this chapter is that fear may both tear the social fabric and bring people together, both destroy public space and create new forms of social life.

Keywords:   fear, drug violence, public space, Mexico, Latin America, sociability

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