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The Ambivalent StatePolice-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins$
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Javier Auyero and Katherine Sobering

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190915537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190915537.001.0001

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Competition, Retaliation, and Violence

Competition, Retaliation, and Violence

(p.105) 5 Competition, Retaliation, and Violence
The Ambivalent State

Javier Auyero

Katherine Sobering

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins conceptualizing the relational dynamics of collusion, outlining the resources, practices, and processes that sustain the clandestine relationships between police officers and drug market participants. The identification and description of these resources, practices, and processes underscore both the negotiated and provisional character of the clandestine interpersonal transactions, their impact on daily violence, and the ambivalent character of state action. The chapter reconstructs the case of Los Monos, an infamous drug market organization that relies on its contacts with police to navigate its competition, engage in retaliation, and direct its use of violence.

Keywords:   systemic violence, drug market, collusion, policing, Argentina

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