Narco-Propaganda in the Mexican Drug War
Organized crime is a serious threat to the state and civil society (though boundaries have been blurred between cartels and police/military)
Anthropology of crime deconstructs criminalizing discourses of the state but we also need to deconstrust discourses generated by organized crime groups (who have relative autonomy from the state).
Mexican organized groups, or “cartels”, produce a quasi-political discourse- a form of narco propaganda. Narco propaganda is not a fully formed political ideology but is an important part of public discourse in Mexico (though data is mysterious and ambiguous). The mysteriousness of narco-propaganda gives it even more power. Narco-propaganda is a discourse directed at