Uneven Landscapes of Violence – Geographies of Law and Accumulation in Mexico. Talk by Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez
Uneven Landscapes of Violence – Geographies of Law and Accumulation in Mexico.
Talk by Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm on Zoom.
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In contrast to analyses that view systemic violence in Mexico as simply the result of drugs and criminality, a deviation of a well-functioning market economy and/or a failing and corrupt state, Muñoz Martínez argues in Uneven Landscapes of Violence that the nexus of criminality, illegality and violence is integral to neoliberal state formation. It was through this nexus that dispossession took place after 2000 in the form of forced displacement, extorsion and private appropriation of public funds along with widespread violence by state forces and criminal groups. The emphasis of the neoliberal agenda on the rule of law to protect private property and contracts further reshaped the boundaries between legality and illegality, concealing the criminal and violent origins of economic gain.
Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez, Ph.D. (2008), York University, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. She has published several peer-reviewed articles on Mexico’s political economy and violence including ‘Criminal Violence and Social Control’ in NACLA 47, 2014.