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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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The Employee’s Perspective

The Employee’s Perspective

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(p.145) 6 The Employee’s Perspective
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Intimate Crimes
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Rolando Ochoa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798460.003.0007

This chapter analyses the employment relationship from the perspective of the employee. It looks at how they are able to access jobs and job security in a very informal environment with scant contract enforcement, and focuses in particular on how drivers signal their trustworthiness as opposed to how they decide whether or not to trust the employer. The chapter analyses drivers’ relationship with their employers and how they are hired as protectors—not just as drivers. It also examines what happens when the relationship between employer and employee breaks down. Overall, the chapter helps us to understand how relationships are entered into and sustained in an environment of insecurity.

Keywords:   job market, kidnapping, crime, employment, drivers, Mexico City

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