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Intimate CrimesKidnapping, Gangs, and Trust in Mexico City$
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Rolando Ochoa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798460.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Intimate Crimes

Rolando Ochoa

Oxford University Press

This chapter set out the main arguments of the book, as well as its structure and the ways in which it relates to existing literature on crime in Latin America and the broader sociological and criminological literature. It begins with the case of Mr X, whose daughter was kidnapped and subsequently murdered. It then goes on to describe a case in which thirteen youths were abducted from a nightclub in Mexico City, their bodies discovered months later. These cases are illustrative of the kind of situations that, on both a personal and an academic level, inspire this book and, more specifically, the questions of how people can deal with the ensuing fear and protect themselves from this kind of crime when the state is incapable, or unwilling, to provide this protection.

Keywords:   kidnapping, Mexico, crime, trust, signaling

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