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Short Reading List: Cartels and Violence


  • Astorga Almanza, Luis Alejandro. 2005. El siglo de las drogas : el narcotráfico, del Porfiriato al nuevo milenio. México, D.F.: Plaza y Janés.

  • Astorga, Luis. 1999. "Drug Trafficking in Mexico: A First Assessment." in Management of Social Transformations: MOST Discussion Paper 36: UNESCO-MOST.

  • —. 2002. "The Field of Drug Trafficking in Mexico." Pp. 54—75 in Globalization, Drugs and Criminalization: Final Research Report on Brazil, China, India and Mexico, edited by UNESCO — MOST: UNESCO.

  • —. 2002. "The Social Construction of the Identify of the Trafficker." Pp. 52-72 in Globalization, Drugs and Criminalization: Final Research Report on Brazil, China, India and Mexico, edited by UNESCO — MOST: UNESCO.

  • —. 2005. "Mexico: Drug Trafficking, Security and Terrorism." Pp. 156-183 in Proceedings from the international seminar Drug Trafficking: the Relations between Europe, Latin America and the United States, Narcotráfico: las relaciones entre Europa, América Latina y Estados Unidos,, edited by Alvaro Camacho Guizado. Universidad de los Andes: Bogota, Colombia: Observatorio de las Relaciones entre Europa y América Latina—OBREAL and Centro de Estudios Socioculturales e Internacionales—CESO.



  • Astorga, L. T. 2000. "La cocaina en el corrido." Revista Mexicana de Sociología 62:151-173.

  • Borges, Tomás. 2008. Maquiavelo para narcos: el fin justifica los miedos. Mexico, D.F., Mexico: Editorial Planeta Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.

  • Bowden, Charles. 2009. "The Sicario: A Juárez hit man speaks." Pp. 44-53 in Harper's. New York: Harper's Magazine Foundation.

  • Campbell, Howard. 2009. Drug war zone : frontline dispatches from the streets of El Paso and Juárez. Austin: University of Texas Press.

  • Chabat, Jorge. 2002. "Mexico's War on Drugs: No Margin for Maneuver." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 582:134-148.

  • Clawson, Patrick, and Rensselaer W. Lee. 1996. The Andean cocaine industry. New York: St. Martin's Press.

  • Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Peace Corps Narcotics and Terrorism. 1997. "The drug cartels and narco-violence : the threat to the United States : hearing before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, Narcotics, and Terrorism of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate,." Pp. iii, 77 p., edited by United States. Congress. Senate. Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Washington: U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office.

  • Edberg, Mark Cameron. 2004. El narcotraficante : narcocorridos and the construction of a cultural persona on the U.S.-Mexico border. Austin: University of Texas Press.

  • Grayson, George W. 2008. Mexico's struggle with 'drugs and thugs'. New York City, NY: Foreign Policy Association.

  • Grayson, George W. 2009. Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State: Transaction.

  • Quinones, Sam. 2001. True tales from another Mexico : the Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and the Bronx. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

  • Ravelo, Ricardo. 2005. Los Capos: Las narco-rutas de México. Mexico City: Plaza Janés.

  • Ribando Seelke, Clare. 2009. "Merida Initiative for Mexico and Central America: Funding and Policy Issues." Pp. 25. Washington, DC: United States Congress.

  • Stratfor, and I. Strategic Forecasting. 2006. "Drug Cartels: The Growing Violence in Mexico." Pp. 8.

  • Wald, Elijah. 2001. Narcocorrido : a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas. New York, NY: Rayo.

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